Martin Wins battle, Earnhardt
Wins the War
August 6, 1999
Boys IRL driver Eddie Cheever brought the field to the green flag. Going into turn one the
pack stayed bunched up and cheever maintained the lead. Gordon lost a few spots and
Earnhardt was in ninth and Martin was in eighth at the end of lap one.
Lap three and Jeff Burton took the lead from Cheever just as Greg Moore hit the wall while
in seventh place.
Dale Earnhardt 1999 True Value IROC Champion
got loose in turn two as Earnhardt came up from behind. The scoring will reflect the last
completed lap so Cheever went to the head of the field.
The green flag flew to restart on lap three with Cheever in the lead, Jeff Burton in
second, Dave Marcis in third with Dale Jarrett and Bobby Labonte rounding out the top
five. Martin was in tenth and Earnhardt in eighth.
Cheever once again took the lead through one with Burton in tow. Earnhardt moved to
seventh and Martin was in fourth. Gordon moved into fifth. Labonte coming from ninth took
the lead on lap 5.
Lap six and Cheever blocked Martin's attempt to take second in turn two as Labonte started
to pull away. Finally, both Martin and Gordon got by Cheever on the backstretch.
At this point the racing settled down a bit and the drivers prepared for the next round of
dicing. But only after Mark Martin took the lead by going around Labonte in turn three on
Lap 10 and the top of the order was Martin, Labonte, Gordon, Cheever, Earnhardt and
Burton. The top four were running together with the next group, led by Earnhardt, about
one second back.
At the halfway point the top of the order was Martin, Labonte, Gordon, Cheever, Earnhardt
and Burton. Martin was doing what he needed to do to win the championship by leading the
most laps and winning the race. Earnhardt was doing what he needed to do for the
championship by running eighth or better.
Lap 22 and the dicing began again, this time behind Earnhardt. Marcis taps Earnhardt from
behind but to no avail, Jarrett got by Marcis. Jarrett got by Earnhardt on lap 26. But
Earnhardt got back around in short order.
At the conclusion of lap 27 the top four remained unchanged with the next group about one
second behind. Lap 28 and the fifth spot began to get some attention as Earnhardt,
Jarrett, Burton and Wallace go as a four pack to turn three. Jarret came out the better
for it taking fifth away from Earnhardt again. Lap 30 and Wallace and Burton go by
Earnhardt pushing him back to eighth. Earnhardt could not afford to loose another spot and
win the championship as Martin still led with Gordon in second and Labonte in third.
With five laps to go Earnhardt was in eighth with Martin in the lead being challenged by
Jeff Gordon. Martin had already collected five bonus points for leading the most laps and
was looking for his ninth series victory.
Coming to the finish Martin tried to break the draft down the backstretch on lap 38 as
Eddie Cheever got by Bobby Labonte for third. On the white flag lap Martin continued to
the checkered and Earnhardt finished eighth. Wallace and Jarrett went at it for fifth with
Wallace coming out ahead.
Dale Earnhardt, with his eighth place finish won the 1999 True Value
IROC XXIII - Race 4 - Final Results
1. No. 2. Mark Martin (NASCAR/Winston Cup), MEDIUM BLUE
2. No. 5. Jeff
Gordon (NASCAR/Winston Cup Series) CREAM
3. No. 12. Eddie
Cheever Jr. (Pep Boys Indy Racing League) ORANGE
4. No. 4. Bobby
Labonte (NASCAR/Winston Cup Series) ROSE
5. No. 3. Rusty
Wallace (NASCAR/Winston Cup Series) POWDER BLUE
6. No. 10. Dale Jarrett (NASCAR/Winston Cup Series) LIME
7. No. 11. Jeff Burton (NASCAR/Winston Cup Series) RED 8. No. 7. Dale Earnhardt (NASCAR/Winston Cup Series) YELLOW
9. No. 9. **Dave Marcis (NASCAR/Winston Cup Series) VIOLET
. No. 6. Kenny Brack (Pep Boys Indy Racing League) DARK BLUE
11. No. 7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.(NASCAR/Busch Grand National Series) GOLD
12. No. 8. *Greg Moore (CART/FedEx Championship Series) SILVER
** Dave Marcis substituting for Adrian Fernandez who was injured in Detroit this morning.
1999 True Value IROC Final Points
Eddie Cheever Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Starting Line Up for
Indy IROC July 30, 1999 - The Final IROC race of the year is scheduled for August 6, 1999 at Indianapolis
Motor Speedway. Starting
Some breaking IROC news..
August 6, 1999 - StockCarFans
Newsletter - True Value International Race Of
Champions officials have announced that longtime test driver Dave Marcis will replace the
injured Adrian Fernandez in the 40-lap IROC at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 4 pm
today. Fernandez was injured this morning during practice for Sunday's Championship Auto
Race Teams event at Detroit. Fernandez is currently undergoing X-rays for arm and wrist
injuries. The extent of his injuries is unknown. This is Marcis' first IROC start since
June 17, 1978 at Michigan Speedway. Marcis will start today's IROC at Indy in fourth
Masterful Marcis solid with IROC
cars August 3, 1999 - Although Dave Marcis' Winston Cup career is fading, the vetern racer clearly has
not lost his track touch. Marcis draws high praise for his work in shaking down IROC cars.
Earnhardt prepared for possible
record in IROC
July 26, 1999 - In the IROC at Indy season finale Aug.
6 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Earnhardt can
become the first driver in IROCs 23 seasons to score a sweep of all the races. In
the past, only Rusty Wallace in 1991 won three in a row. Dave Marcis noted that after
two-time IROC champion Earnhardt had won two races, he badly wanted to win a third. And,
Marcis adds, Earnhardt will be hungrier than ever trying to win that fourth one at Indy
for a sweep. Full Story
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