WHAT: The 24th running of the True Value IROC series, race two of four. WHERE: Talladega Superspeedway, 2.66-mile high-banked tri-oval. WHEN: Saturday, April 15, 2000 12:00 p.m. (local time) BROADCAST: (Next Day) ABC Sports - Sunday, April...
WHAT: The 24th running of the True Value IROC series, race two of four.
WHERE: Talladega Superspeedway, 2.66-mile high-banked tri-oval.
WHEN: Saturday, April 15, 2000 12:00 p.m. (local time)
BROADCAST: (Next Day) ABC Sports - Sunday, April 16 at 5 p.m. ET (immediately following Diehard 500).
WHO: 12 drivers, competing at the invitation of True Value IROC race organizers. <pre> TRUE VALUE IROC XXIV DRIVERS NAME: REPRESENTING: Jeff Burton NASCAR Winston Cup Series Eddie Cheever Jr. Northern Light Indy Racing League Mark Dismore Northern Light Indy Racing League Dale Earnhardt NASCAR Winston Cup Series Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR BUSCH Grand National Series Jeff Gordon NASCAR Winston Cup Series Dale Jarrett NASCAR Winston Cup Series Bobby Labonte NASCAR Winston Cup Series Mark Martin NASCAR Winston Cup Series Greg Ray Norrthern Light Indy Racing League Tony Stewart NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rusty Wallace NASCAR Winston Cup Series </pre> DISTANCE: 101.08 Miles, 38 laps (Yellow flag laps do not count.) No pit stop required.
PURSE: Total $760,000 with $225,000 awarded to the Championship based on points standings at the end of the fourth race.
LINE UP: Starting order determined by reversing the finishing order of Daytona, Race 1 (see grid at end).
Cars are assigned by random draw. Car numbers reflect driver's current position in points.
CARS: Pontiac Firebird Race 3Trans Am, equally prepared by IROC
Last Year: Earnhardt surprised leader Rusty Wallace with an unusual pass on the high side as they approached the stripe to take the win. <pre> SCHEDULE: Race 3 Race 4 June 10, 2000 August 4, 2000 Michigan Speedway Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.0 mile high-banked oval 2.5 mile oval 100 miles (50 laps) 100 miles (40 laps) Broadcast: (Live) ESPN Broadcast:(Next Day) ABC Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m. Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
True Value IROC at Talladega Fast Facts:
Winningest driver: Dale Earnhardt with three wins: '90, '95, '99 (every year he has won the IROC at Talladega, he has won the championship).
Dale Earnhardt garnered his first True Value IROC Win at Talladega, May 5, 1990.
Only other multiple winner, Al Unser Jr. with two wins: '93 and '96.
With 11 IROC victories, defending Talladega race winner, Dale Earnhardt is tied with Al Unser Jr. for over-all Series wins.
4/15/00 will be the 94th IROC Event & 11th Talladega IROC Race.
Talladega race winners from pole position: 0
Talladega race winners, leading start to finish: 0
Talladega race winners, starting from 12th: Dale Earnhardt, True Value IROC 23 - April 24, 1999.
Talladega wins by series representation: (of 10) 1-World of Outlaw, 2-CART, 7-Winston Cup.
Fastest race: 191.722 MPH, 31min.38sec. Davey Allision, 5/2/92 (standing IROC record).
Talladega lead change record: 18 among 7 drivers, IROC 17, 1993. (Over-all record: 25 lead changes at both, Michigan & Daytona, in IROC 4, 1977).
Talladega margin of victory: .075, True Value IROC 23, 1999 (Over-all record: .007,True Value IROC 23, Michigan, 1999, Earnhardt over Earnhardt Jr.).
DISMORE FROM THE POLE AT TALLADEGA IN TRUE VALUE IROC SERIES, RACE TWO
Talladega, AL - "I wish I were starting last," said Northern Light Indy Racing League driver Mark Dismore of his pole position starting spot in race two of the 2000 True Value IROC series. Dismore is still smarting from his 12th place finish in race one at Daytona Speedway, which is why he is starting first at Talladega. The rules determine the starting order of race two by reversing the finishing order of race one. "I hope I learned something there (at Daytona), because I certainly don't want to repeat that result." Dismore, who started eighth, had been running a strong third at Daytona when he suddenly ran into a wall of air, lost the draft and was shuffled to the rear of the 12-car field.
The forty-three year old native of Greenfield, Indiana can chalk up the IROC opener to learning the technique of drafting on a high-banked superspeedway in a full-bodied stock car; a technique learned by doing. Few have mastered it to the degree of defending True Value IROC Champion, and Daytona race one winner, Dale Earnhardt. Dismore cautions, "I hope I'm not misunderstood when I say, the car is not hard to drive, but learning to race defense a lot, and where not to put yourself in the draft is tough."
Mark A. Dismore's is the story of the quintessential American racer. He hails from the Midwest, started as a youngster in go-karts, raced Midget cars, Sprint cars, Formula cars, sedan Sports Cars and won his way up through the ranks.
His dream, like most, is to win the Indianapolis 500. In 1991, while attempting to attain his dream, he suffered serious injuries during practice for the Indy race. He hit the nose of the pit wall and severely injured his legs. As though scripted for a movie, with courage, determination and the help of his wife Donna, Dismore learns to walk again. He rehabilitates, gets right back behind the wheel of a race car and starts winning. He has competed, and won, in just about every type of car and style of racing, including his victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona for Dan Gurney.
Like many in the field of auto racing, when Mark A. Dismore is not racing - he goes racing - with his son, Mark E. Dismore. At nineteen, Mark E. has garnered numerous Karting victories and awards. He has driven SCCA Formula 2000, Formula Ford 2000, Regional and National Midget events, and is currently a rookie in the ASA Stock Car Series.
What supports and propels the Dismore men are the Dismore women, wife/mother Donna and daughter/sister Esteina Aline. Donna is very proud of her husband's True Value IROC invitation, and from the looks of things, she may soon feel that sense of pride for her son too.
However, the Mark A. Dismore story is far from over- he wants to learn a few things about stock car drafting - he wants a swig of milk on May 28th (Indy 500 victory tradition), and he wouldn't mind a taste of victory, IROC style, at Talladega on April 15th.