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IROC - International Race of Champions - 1998

IROC - International Race of Champions

Jeff Gordon opened the season with his first-ever IROC victory at Daytona, which was the serie's first rain-shortened event. Gordon made to the winner's circle after 75 of the scheduled 100 miles. In Race 2 at the California Speedway, Mark Martin passed Gordon for the lead and stayed there for the last 38 laps to claim the win. Series newcomer Jeff Burton won in Michigan after Tommy Kendall led the opening 44 laps. In IROC's historic debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jimmy Vasser was on the pole and led the first 36 laps, but Martin came from 11th to pass with four laps to go to take the triumph and his third consecutive IROC crown. The average margin of victory for the four events was an amazing .195 of a second. (from IROC Website)

Final Points


IROC 22 Champion
Mark Martin

Position
Driver/Residence/Sanction
Points
Money Earned
1
Mark Martin/Daytona Beach, FL/NASCAR
86 $225,000
2
Jeff Burton/Cornelius, NC/NASCAR
57 100,000
3
Jeff Gordon/Davidson, NC/NASCAR
51 60,000
4
Al Unser Jr./Albuquerque, NM/CART
46 50,000
5
Terry Labonte/Thomasville, NC/NASCAR
39 45,000
6
Tony Steward/Indianapolis, IN/IRL
37 40,000
7
Dale Earnhardt/Mooresville, NC/NASCAR
36 40,000
8
Jimmy Vasser/Las Vegas, NV/CART
34 40,000
9
Randy Lajoie/Kannapolis, NC/NASCAR
31 40,000
10
Dale Jarrett/Hickory, NC/NASCAR
29 40,000
11
Tom Kendall/Santa Monica, CA/SCCA
28 40,000
12
Arie Luyendyk/Scottsdale, AZ/IRL
28 40,000

 

Race One

 
February 13, 1998
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
2.5-mile high-banked oval, 30 laps, 100 miles **

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1 6
Jeff Gordon
30 Running
2 4
Jeff Burton
30 Running
3 9
Mark Martin
30 Running
4 5
Dale Earnhardt
30 Running
5 8
Arie Luyendyk
30 Running
6 2
Dale Jarrett
30 Running
7 7
Terry Labonte
30 Running
8 12
* Al Unser Jr.
30 Running
9 1
Tony Stewart
30 Running
10 3
Jimmy Vasser
30 Running
11 11
Randy Lajoie
29 Running
12 10
Tom Kendall
11 Accident
 
* Did not practice, moved to rear of field
 
** Rain shortened from scheduled 100-mile distance

 

Time of Race: 25 minutes, 8 seconds
Average Speed: 179.045 MPH
Margin of Victory: .087 second
Caution Flags : Laps 5 and 28
Lead Changes: 10 among 7 drivers
Lap Leaders: Jarrett, 1; Burton, 2; Labonte, 3; Earnhardt, 4; Burton, 5-6, Earnhardt, 7; Burton, 8; Kendall, 9-11; Martin, 12-28; Gordon 29-30.

 

Race Two

May 2, 1998
California Speedway
Fontana, California
2-mile oval, 50 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1 10
Mark Martin
50 Running
2 5
Al Unser Jr.
50 Running
3 12
Jeff Gordon
50 Running
4 6
Terry Labonte
50 Running
5 11
Jeff Burton
50 Running
6 2
Randy LaJoie
50 Running
7 4
Tony Stewart
50 Running
8 7
Dale Jarrett
50 Running
9 3
Jimmy Vasser
50 Running
10 9
Dale Earnhardt
50 Running
11 8
Arie Luyendyk
50 Running
12 1
Tom Kendall
45 Running

 

Time of Race: 37 minutes, 1 second
Average Speed: 162.089 MPH
Margin of Victory: .218 second
Caution Flags: Lap 7
Lead Changes: 4 among 4 drivers
Lap Leaders: LaJoie, 1-3; Unser Jr., 4-7; Gordon, 8-12; Martin, 13-50.

 

Race Three

 
June 13, 1998
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile superspeedway, 50 laps, 100 miles.

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1 10
Jeff Burton
50 Running
2 12
Mark Martin
50 Running
3 5
Tony Stewart
50 Running
4 7
Dale Earnhardt
50 Running
5 1
Tom Kendall
50 Running
6 8
Terry Labonte
50 Running
7 4
Arie Luyendyk
50 Running
8 11
Jeff Gordon
50 Running
9 3
Randy LaJoie
50 Running
10 6
Dale Jarrett
50 Running
11 2
Jimmy Vasser
50 Running
12 9
Al Unser Jr.
50 Running

 

Time of Race: 36 minutes, 53.9 seconds
Average Speed: 162.969 MPH
Margin of Victory: .229 second
Caution Flags: None
Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers
Lap Leaders: Kendall, 1-44; Burton, 45-50.

 

Race Four

 
July 31, 1998
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis, IN
2.5-mile oval, 40 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1 11
Mark Martin
40 Running
2 6
Al Unser Jr.
40 Running
3 1
Jimmy Vasser
40 Running
4 2
Randy LaJoie
40 Running
5 7
Terry Labonte
40 Running
6 12
* Tony Stewart
40 Running
7 3
Dale Jarrett
40 Running
8 8
Dale Earnhardt
40 Running
9 9
Jeff Gordon
40 Running
10 5
Tom Kendall
40 Running
11 4
Arie Luyendyk
2 Accident
12 10
Jeff Burton
2 Accident
 
* Stewart was scheduled to start sixth but started last at his request due to lack of practice.

 

Time of Race: 38 minutes, 22 seconds
Average Speed: 156.386 MPH
Margin of Victory: . 247 second
Caution Flags: 1 (Luyendyk accident after lap 2)
Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers
Lap Leaders: Vasser, 1-36; Martin, 37-40.