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).