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IROC - International Race of Champions - 1999

IROC - International Race of Champions

The 1999 IROC Series will be remembered as one of the most successful and dramatic seasons in the series' history. Dale Earnhardt, in his 15th IROC appearance, utulized the 1999 IROC Series to put himself back in winning form. At the IROC opener at Daytona International Speedway, on the last lap, Earnhardt came off the fourth turn on a mission. With Bobby Labonte in tow, and plenty of momentum, Earnhardt wobbled leader Mark Martin up a groove, swooping low to take the victory. Race Two and Earnhardt made it two-for-two at the Talladega Speedway. Wallace, expectedly, was looking to protect the bottom when suddenly Earnhardt pointed his car up the tri-oval, successfully passing Wallace for the win. Race Three at Michigan Speedway resulted in a storybook ending with Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. furiously battling down to the checkered flag with father beating son by .007 second (shortest margin of victory in IROC history). Dale Earnhardt was three-for-three, and wanted to be first to sweep the series. Following the successful 1998 inaugural IROC at Indy, the series would again crown its champion at the Brickyard. The point standings indicated Dale Earnhardt and reigning four-time IROC champion Mark Martin were the only contenders for the championship with Earnhardt a healthy 20 points lead. Mark Martin would have only one option: come from 10th starting position, win the race, and lead the most laps (for bonus points) in order to take the championship. To counter that, Earnhardt would have to finishat least eighth to secure the championship by one point. Incredibly Mark Martin carved through the pack and was leading by lap nine, he never looked back. As for Earnhardt, he finished eighth and won the 1999 IROC championship by one point. (from IROC Website)

Final Points


IROC 23 Champion
Dale Earnhardt

Position
Driver/Residence/Sanction
Points
Money Earned
1
Dale Earnhardt/Mooresville, NC/NASCAR
75 $225,000
2
Mark Martin/Daytona Beach, FL/NASCAR
74 100,000
3
Bobby Labonte/Trinity, NC/NASCAR
53 60,000
4
Rusty Wallace/Lake Norman, NC/NASCAR
50 50,000
5
Jeff Gordon/Charlotte, NC/NASCAR
49 45,000
6
Kenny Brack/Karlstad, Sweden/Indy Racing League
34 40,000
7
Eddie Cheever Jr./Orlando, FL/Indy Racing League
31 40,000
8
Dale Jarrett/Hickory, NC/NASCAR
30 40,000
9
Dale Earnhardt Jr./Concord, NC/NASCAR
29 40,000
10
Adrian Fernandez/Paradise Valley, AZ/CART
28 40,000
11
Jeff Burton/Huntersville, NC/NASCAR
26 40,000
12
Greg Moore/Maple Ridge, B.C. CANADA/CART
25 40,000

 

Race One

 
February 12, 1999
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
2.5-mile high-banked oval, 40 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1 6
Dale Earnhardt
40 Running
2 2
Bobby Labonte
40 Running
3 12
Mark Martin
40 Running
4 7
Kenny Brack
40 Running
5 10
Greg Moore
40 Running
6 11
Jeff Gordon
40 Running
7 3
Adrian Fernandez
40 Running
8 1
Dale Jarrett
40 Running
9 8
Rusty Wallace
8 Accident
10 4
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8 Accident
11 5
Eddie Cheever Jr.
8 Accident
12 9
Jeff Burton
8 Accident

 

Time of Race: 33 minutes, 7 seconds
Average Speed: 181.178 MPH
Margin of Victory: .107 second
Caution Flags : Lap 8
Lead Changes: 6 among 7 drivers
Lap Leaders: Jarrett, 1-2; Labonte, 3-6; Earnhardt Jr., 7; Wallace, 8; Gordon, 9-16; Martin, 17-39; Earnhardt, 40.

 

Race Two

April 24, 1999
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, AL
2.66-mile high-banked tri-oval, 38 laps, 101.08 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1 12
Dale Earnhardt
38 Running
2 4
Rusty Wallace
38 Running
3 10
Mark Martin
38 Running
4 7
Jeff Gordon
38 Running
5 9
Kenny Brack
38 Running
6 6
Adrian Fernandez
38 Running
7 11
Bobby Labonte
38 Running
8 2
Eddie Cheever Jr.
38 Running
9 8
Greg Moore
38 Running
10 5
Dale Jarrett
38 Running
11 1
Jeff Burton
36 Running
12 3
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
DNF Engine

 

Time of Race: 33 minutes, 18 seconds
Average Speed: 182.126 MPH
Margin of Victory: .075 second
Caution Flags: Lap 7
Lead Changes: 6 among 6 drivers
Lap Leaders: Burton, 1-2; Jarrett, 3; Martin, 4-6; Gordon, 7; Jarrett, 8-22; Wallace, 23-27; Earnhardt, 38.

 

Race Three

 
June 11, 1999
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile superspeedway, 50 laps, 100 miles.

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1 12
Dale Earnhardt
50 Running
2 2
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
50 Running
3 9
Rusty Wallace
50 Running
4 10
Bobby Labonte
50 Running
5 11
Mark Martin
50 Running
6 1
Jeff Burton
50 Running
7 8
Jeff Gordon
50 Running
8 7
Kenny Brack
50 Running
9 4
Greg Moore
50 Running
10 6
Adrian Fernandez
50 Running
11 5
Dale Jarrett
50 Running
12 3
Eddie Cheever Jr.
48 Running

 

Time of Race: 36 minutes, 59 seconds
Average Speed: 162.235 MPH
Margin of Victory: 0.007 second
Caution Flags: None
Lead Changes: 4 among 4 drivers
Lap Leaders: Burton, 1-6; Earnhardt Jr., 7; Martin, 8-26; Earnhardt, 27-50.

 

Race Four

 
August 6, 1999
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis, IN
2.5-mile oval, 40 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1 10
Mark Martin
40 Running
2 7
Jeff Gordon
40 Running
3 1
Eddie Cheever Jr.
40 Running
4 8
Bobby Labonte
40 Running
5 9
Rusty Wallace
40 Running
6 3
Dale Jarrett
40 Running
7 2
Jeff Burton
40 Running
8 11
Dale Earnhardt
40 Running
9 4
* Dave Marcis
40 Running
10 6
Kenny Brack
40 Running
11 12
** Dale Earnhardt Jr.
40 Running
12 5
Greg Moore
2 Accident
 
* Dave Marcis substituted for Adrian Fernandez who was injured earlier in the day during a CART practice session in Detroit.
 
** Dale Earnhardt Jr. was to start sixth but elected to start 12th due to lack of sufficient experience at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

Time of Race: 38 minutes, 52 seconds
Average Speed: 154.374 MPH
Margin of Victory: 0.395 second
Caution Flags: 1 for 4 laps
Lead Changes: 2 among 3 drivers
Lap Leaders: Cheever Jr., 1-4; Labonte, 5-8; Martin, 9-40.