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1996 International Race of Champions
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Mark Martin (seen in 1998), the IROC XX champion

The twentieth season of IROC competition started on February 16, 1996. IROC XX was the first year that the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was used in competition, and contested races at Daytona International Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Michigan International Speedway. Mark Martin won the first night race in the history of the series in race three at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and won again in the season finale at Michigan International Speedway propelling him to a come-from-behind IROC championship, his second in three seasons.

The roster of drivers and final points standings were as follows:[1]

Position Driver Points Winnings Series
1 United States Mark Martin 61 $225,000 NASCAR Winston Cup
2 United States Robby Gordon 54 $100,000 Indy Car
3 United States Johnny Benson 50 $60,000 NASCAR Busch Series
4 United States Terry Labonte 48 $50,000 NASCAR Winston Cup
5 United States Al Unser, Jr. 48 $45,000 Indy Car
6 United States Sterling Marlin 40 $40,000 NASCAR Winston Cup
7 United States Scott Pruett 40 $40,000 Indy Car
8 United States Dale Earnhardt 39 $40,000 NASCAR Winston Cup
9 United States Tommy Kendall 36 $40,000 SCCA Trans-Am Series
10 United States Jeff Gordon 30 $40,000 NASCAR Winston Cup
11 United States Rusty Wallace 26 $40,000 NASCAR Winston Cup
12 United States Steve Kinser 25 $40,000 World of Outlaws


Race resultsEdit


  1. Dale Jarrett drove for Steve Kinser
  2. Ricky Rudd drove for Dale Earnhardt, who was injured in a Cup race at Talladega the week before.
  3. Geoff Bodine drove for Tommy Kendall


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