1965 Daytona 500

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The 1965 Daytona 500, the 7th running of the event, was won by Fred Lorenzen driving a 1965 Ford on February 14, 1965. Lorenzen drove his number 28 to victory in 2 hours and 23 minutes after starting the race in the fourth position. There were 3 cautions flags which slowed the race for 43 laps.[1] Lorenzen won the rain shortened event by beating second place finisher Darel Dieringer by a full lap.[2] The win was Lorenzen's first victory of the season.[3]

The Name of the Game is Safety[edit]

NASACR instituted new rules in October, 1964 to enhance safety and decrease speeds for 1965 after the previous years deaths of Joe Weatherly and Fireball Roberts. The Chrysler Hemi engine was dominated that year by 1964 NASCAR Champion Richard Petty.

Ford wanted a new engine with high-rise cylinder heads to compete with the Hemi and threatened to pull out if Bill France Sr. didn't allow it. NASCAR's new rules, however, banned both Hemi engines and high-rise cylinder heads.

Where Are My Favorite Drivers?[edit]

Chrysler competition director Ronney Householder announced that Chrysler was withdrawing form NASCAR unless France suspended the ban on the Hemi and gave the company a year to change to new equipment. neither side backed down through the winter, and when 1965 Speedweeks started, the Plymouths and Dodges, as well as their drivers, were nowhere to be seen.

Paul Goldsmith returned to the USAC stock car series, which allowed Hemis, David Pearson and Bobby Isaac went to USAC as well. Petty said USAC didn't pay him enough. he took an ill-fated turn into drag racing. Rising stars LeeRoy Yarbrough and Earl Balmer scrounged rides where they could, Jim Paschal went home to his chicken farm.

Speedweeks[edit]

Darel Dieringer won the pole with a speed of 171.151 mph in Bud Moore's 1964 Mercury, then held off Ned Jarrett's move in the final turn to win the first 100-mile qualifying race. the second race became a duel between Fred Lorenzen and Junior Johnson. Lorenzen took the lead on lap 39. But when he roared under the white flag, he mistook it for the checkered flag. Lorenzen let off and Johnson passed him on the last lap to win. The second qualifying race featured a wild first lap crash as Ron Eulenfeld triggered a wild crash that also took out 12 other cars in the race. Eulenfield walked away from that crash.

Race Day[edit]

On Race day, Junior Johnson grabbed the lead on the first lap from his second starting spot and led the first 27 laps. at that car 14 cars were out all because of mechanical problems. Johnson was racing in his usual go-for-broke style when a tire blew. Johnson's car hurled into the outside wall and spread debris over a wide area. Johnson suffered only a cut over his eye. After Johnson's abrupt departure, 1961 winner Marvin Panch led through lap 68 in the Wood Brothers Ford, with Lorenzen and Bobby Johns on his tail. Lorenzen led laps 69 through 78 before giving way to panch.

At halfway, Panch was still in control, but clouds were darkening over the track. On lap 119, Lorenzen edged past panch and took the lead for only the second time. Rain was falling by Lap 129. As the yellow light came on, Panch made a run on Lorenzen coming off turn two. panch went to the outside, lorenzen moved up, the cars touched and panch spun down the backstretch, ending his chances for a second 500 victory.

Lorenzen remained in the lead, but the fender that had hit Panch's car was bent in on his tire. "Stay out" ordered crew chief Herb Nab, who was counting on the weather to shorten the race. Soon, it was pouring. the race was stopped after 133 laps and declared official. the Golden Boy had won NASCAR's biggest race.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1965 Daytona 500". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  2. ^ Auto editors of Consumer Guide. "1965 NASCAR Grand National Recap". HowStuffWorks, Inc ; Publications International, Ltd. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  3. ^ Fleischman, Al Pearce (2004). "Race Results: 1949-2002; 1960". The Unauthorized NASCAR Fan Guide: 2004 2004 (10 ed.). 43311 Joy Rd. #414, Canton, MI, 48187: Checkered Flag Press; Visible Ink Press. pp. 226 of 576. ISBN 0-681-27587-1.