Lorenzen takes big track lead with 600 win

Sunday, May 23, 1965 – Fearless Freddy Lorenzen became the first two-time winner of the World 600 and set a record for superspeedway victories in the process when he captured the longest race on the NASCAR premier series schedule. Lorenzen, driving the No. 28 Ford for Holman-Moody, beat runner-up Earl Balmer to the finish line by just three seconds to earn his 22nd career victory.

The victory was Lorenzen’s 10th on NASCAR superspeedways, one more than the late Glen “Fireball” Roberts won between ’50 and ’64. Lorenzen had two wins at Darlington, four at Atlanta, two at Charlotte and one at Daytona prior to his second victory in the 600.

International road racing standout Pedro Rodriguez of Mexico City finished fifth, his lone top five in six career starts in the NASCAR series. Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the road course used by NASCAR’s Busch (now Xfinity) Series in 2005-08, is named in honor of Rodriguez and his younger brother Ricardo. Both died in separate racing incidents.

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