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IROC - International Race of Champions - 2000

IROC - International Race of Champions

1999 IROC champion Dale Earnhardt was off to a good start when he drew the number-one starting spot for Race One of the 2000 series. With drafting help from Tony Stewart, Earnhardt made the winning pass on Jeff Burton to claim his 11th IROC win, typing Al Unser Jr. for series wins. Bobby Labonte picked up his first series victory at Race Two in Talladega with seasoned heavyweights Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt in tow. The open-wheel contenders became a force at Race Three in Michigan when Indy Racing Northern Light Series driver Eddie Cheever Jr. fiercly battled the NASCAR boys to claim his first win. X-open wheeler Tony Stewart, again a bridesmaid, finished second with Dale Earnhardt and Mark Martin third and fourth respectively. For the third consecutive year, Martin had driven from the last row to win the final race at the famed Brickyard. Unlike the 1999 finale when only Martin and Earnhardt were in contention, five of the twelve were mathematically up for the 2000 crown when the green flag waved at Indy. Martin led the most laps and won the race, while Earnhardt, also from the last row, finished second, accruing a three-point lead to repeat as the 2000 IROC champion; tying Mark Martin for overall championship wins with four. (from IROC Website)

Final Points


IROC 24 Champion
Dale Earnhardt

Position
Driver/Residence/Sanction
Points
Money Earned
1
Dale Earnhardt/Mooresville, NC/NASCAR
74 $225,000
2
Mark Martin/Daytona Beach, FL/NASCAR
71 100,000
3
Tony Stewart/Rushville, IN/NASCAR
57 60,000
4
Bobby Labonte/Trinity, NC/NASCAR
52 50,000
5
Eddie Cheever Jr./Orlando, FL/Indy Racing League
46 45,000
6
Jeff Gordon/Charlotte, NC/NASCAR
37 40,000
7
Jeff Burton/Huntersville, NC/NASCAR
35 40,000
8
Rusty Wallace/Lake Norman, NC/NASCAR
31 40,000
9
Dale Jarrett/Hickory, NC/NASCAR
31 40,000
10
Dale Earnhardt Jr./Concord, NC/NASCAR
29 40,000
11
Greg Ray/Plano, TX/Indy Racing League
23 40,000
12
Mark Dismore/Greenfield, IN/Indy Racing League
15 40,000

 

Race One

 
February 18, 2000
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
2.5-mile high-banked oval, 40 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1 1
Dale Earnhardt
40 Running
2 2
Tony Stewart
40 Running
3 11
Jeff Burton
40 Running
4 9
Mark Martin
40 Running
5 3
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
40 Running
6 12
Rusty Wallace
40 Running
7 5
Bobby Labonte
40 Running
8 10
Dale Jarrett
40 Running
9 7
Greg Ray
40 Running
10 6
Jeff Gordon
40 Running
11 4
Eddie Cheever Jr.
40 Running
12 8
Mark Dismore
40 Running

 

Time of Race: 33 minutes, 7 seconds
Average Speed: 181.178 MPH
Margin of Victory: .107 second
Caution Flags : None
Lead Changes: 12 among 5 drivers
Lap Leaders: Earnhardt, 1-2; Earnhardt Jr., 3-5; Burton, 6-10; Jarrett, 11-13; Earnhardt, 14-15; Earnhardt Jr., 16-22; Jarrett, 23; Burton, 24-26; Earnhardt, 27-38; Burton, 39; Earnhardt, 40.

 

Race Two

April 15, 2000
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, AL
2.66-mile high-banked tri-oval, 38 laps, 101.08 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1 6
Bobby Labonte
38 Running
2 9
Mark Martin
38 Running
3 12
Dale Earnhardt
38 Running
4 10
Jeff Burton
38 Running
5 3
Jeff Gordon
38 Running
6 11
Tony Stewart
38 Running
7 4
Greg Ray
38 Running
8 5
Dale Jarrett
38 Running
9 7
Rusty Wallace
38 Running
10 2
Eddie Cheever Jr.
38 Running
11 8
Dale Earnhardt. Jr.
37 Running
12 8
Mark Dismore
33 Rear End

 

Time of Race: 33 minutes, 13 seconds
Average Speed: 182.583 MPH
Margin of Victory: .073 second
Caution Flags: None
Lead Changes: 11 among 7 drivers
Lap Leaders: Cheever, 1-2; Gordon, 3; Stewart, 4; Labonte, 5-7; Wallace, 8-11; Martin; 12-14; Jarrett, 15-16; Cheever, 17-22; Wallace, 23; Martin, 24-26; Labonte 27-38.

 

Race Three

 
June 10, 2000
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile superspeedway, 50 laps, 100 miles.

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1 2
Eddie Cheever Jr.
50 Running
2 8
Tony Stewart
50 Running
3 12
Dale Earnhardt
50 Running
4 10
Mark Martin
50 Running
5 3
Dale Jarrett
50 Running
6 11
Bobby Labonte
50 Running
7 6
Jeff Gordon
50 Running
8 7
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
50 Running
9 5
Rusty Wallace
50 Running
10 1
Mark Dismore
50 Running
11 4
Greg Ray
44 Running
12 9
Jeff Burton
37 Over heating

 

Time of Race: 37 minutes, 0 second
Average Speed: 162.162 MPH
Margin of Victory: 0.711 second
Caution Flags: 1
Lead Changes: 9 among 4 drivers
Lap Leaders: Cheever, 1-4; Earnhardt, 5; Cheever, 6; Earnhardt, 7-10; Earnhardt Jr., 11; Earnhardt, 12-21; Martin, 22-30; Earnhardt Jr., 31-32; Cheever, 33-50.

 

Race Four

 
August 4, 2000
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 12
Dale Earnhardt
40 Running
3 10
Tony Stewart
40 Running
4 5
Jeff Gordon
40 Running
5 3
Rusty Wallace
40 Running
6 9
Bobby Labonte
40 Running
7 8
Eddie Cheever, Jr.
40 Running
8 6
Dale Jarrett
40 Running
9 4
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
40 Running
10 2
Greg Ray
18 Accident
11 1
Mark Dismore
7 Accident
12 7
Jeff Burton
1 Engine

 

Time of Race: 38 minutes, 41 seconds
Average Speed: 155.106 MPH
Margin of Victory: 1.327 second
Caution Flags: 1
Lead Changes: 2 among 3 drivers
Lap Leaders: Dismore, 1-6; Gordon, 7-8; Martin, 9-40.