Jarrett wins rainy Volunteer 500

Sunday, July 25, 1965 – Ned Jarrett persevered through delays for rain and wrecks and at the end of a long, 4-plus hour race took the checkered flag, winning the Volunteer 500 at Bristol International Speedway. Jarrett, bidding for his second championship in NASCAR’s premier series, had a healthy 20-second lead on runner-up Dick Hutcherson at the finish line. Sam McQuagg, Jim Paschal and Buck Baker completed the top five.

The victory was career win No. 45 for Jarrett and came in the No. 11 Bondy Long-owned Ford

Rain forced officials to start the race under the yellow flag; there were eight cautions for 167 laps. Rather than red-flag the race for a wet track, at one point officials kept cars circling the half-mile oval for 99 laps under yellow.

The race marked the return of Richard Petty, who missed the first five months of the season following the ban of the hemi by NASCAR. A winner of 40 races, Petty finished 17th due to issues with his car’s differential.

Jarrett’s win was the last of 34 consecutive victories to open the season for Ford (Mercury notched one Daytona qualifying race win).

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