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1965 Greenville 200
1965 Greenville 200
Race details[1][2][3]
Race 10 of 55 in the 1965 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Date April 17, 1965; 53 years ago (1965-04-17)
Official name Greenville 200
Location Greenville-Pickens Speedway (Greenville, South Carolina)
Course Permanent racing facility
0.500 mi (0.804 km)
Distance 200 laps, 100 mi (160 km)
Weather Mild with temperatures approaching 69.1 °F (20.6 °C); wind speeds up to 15 miles per hour (24 km/h)
Average speed 56.899 miles per hour (91.570 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Louis Weathersbee
Most laps led
Driver Dick Hutcherson Holman-Moody
Laps 191
Winner
No. 29 Dick Hutcherson Holman-Moody
Television in the United States
Network untelevised
Announcers none

The 1965 Greenville 200 was a NASCAR Grand National Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) event that was held on April 17, 1965, at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, South Carolina.

The transition to purpose-built racecars began in the early 1960s and occurred gradually over that decade. Changes made to the sport by the late 1960s brought an end to the "strictly stock" vehicles of the 1950s; most of the cars were trailered to events or hauled in by trucks.

Summary

The track used would not be paved until the 1970 Greenville 200 race (which took place on June 27, 1970).[2][3] No record was ever released about the exact attendance numbers and it was the tenth race out of the fifty-five races during that year.[2][3] Two hundred laps were done on a dirt oval track spanning 0.500 miles (0.805 km).[2][3] The race took one hour and forty-five minutes to successfully complete with three cautions given out by NASCAR.[2][3] Notable speeds were: 56.899 miles per hour (91.570 km/h) for the average and 67.695 miles per hour (108.945 km/h) for the pole position speed (accomplished by Bud Moore).[2][3]

The winning vehicle was a 1965 Ford Galaxie driven by Dick Hutcherson.[2][3] Other notable drivers included: Ned Jarrett, Buddy Baker, Wendell Scott, Neil Castles, Elmo Langley, Roy Tyner, and Cale Yarborough.[2][3] A significant part of the field were individually owned vehicles with no formal sponsorship whatsoever.[4] Both Clyde Lynn and Cale Yarborough shared a single crew member for pit lane. Many drivers would run an entire race at slow speeds back then if they had no chance of winning. Usually, they get lapped before the sixth lap of the race, and eventually withdraw from the race for some reason.

The total prize purse for this racing event was $5,040 ($39,138.50 when adjusted for inflation). Hutcherson received $1,000 ($7,765.58 when adjusted for inflation) while the bottom 13 finishers split $100 apiece ($776.56 when adjusted for inflation).[5]

Qualifying

Grid[2] No. Driver Manufacturer Owner
1 45 Bud Moore '65 Plymouth Louis Weathersbee
2 29 Dick Hutcherson '65 Ford Holman-Moody Racing
3 87 Buck Baker '65 Oldsmobile Buck Baker
4 55 Tiny Lund '64 Ford Lyle Stelter
5 76 Larry Frank '64 Ford Larry Frank
6 11 Ned Jarrett '65 Ford Bondy Long
7 35 Jeff Hawkins '64 Dodge Lester Hunter
8 31 Cale Yarborough '64 Ford Sam Fogle
9 27 Paul Lewis '64 Ford Paul Lewis
10 60 Doug Cooper '64 Ford Bob Cooper
11 2 Fred Harb '64 Pontiac Cliff Stewart
12 86 Buddy Baker '64 Dodge Buck Baker
13 49 G.C. Spencer '64 Ford G.C. Spencer
14 64 Elmo Langley '64 Ford Elmo Langley
15 34 Wendell Scott '63 Ford Wendell Scott
16 9 Roy Tyner '63 Chevrolet Roy Tyner
17 97 Henley Gray '64 Ford Gene Cline
18 20 Clyde Lynn '64 Ford Clyde Lynn
19 68 Bob Derrington '64 Ford Bob Derrington
20 75 J.T. Putney '64 Ford C.L. Crawford
21 52 E.J. Trivette '63 Chevrolet Jess Potter
22 25 Jabe Thomas '64 Ford Jabe Thomas
23 86 Neil Castles '65 Plymouth Buck Baker
24 80 G.T. Nolen '64 Pontiac Allen McMillion
25 10 Bernard Alvarez '64 Ford Gary Weaver

Timeline

Section reference: [2]

  • Start of race: Dick Hutcherson started the race with the pole position
  • Lap 15: Tiny Lund's vehicle developed engine problems, forcing him out of the race
  • Lap 16: Cale Yarborough's engine stopped working properly, ending the day for him on the track
  • Lap 22: Axle issues forced Roy Tyner out of the race
  • Lap 28: E.J. Trivette had a problematic engine in his vehicle, forcing him to leave the race
  • Lap 29: Jeff Hawkins' engine went haywire; not allowing him to finish the race
  • Lap 30: Differential problems would prevent Elmo Langley from finishing the race
  • Lap 39: Bud Moore takes over the lead from Dick Hutcherson
  • Lap 48: Dick Hutcherson takes over the lead from Bud Moore
  • Lap 49: Problems with the vehicle's rear housing would take Buck Baker out of the race
  • Lap 53: A problem with the vehicle differential would force G.C. Spencer to leave the track
  • Lap 60: A lack of proper tires forced Bob Derrington out of the race
  • Lap 83: Larry Frank had a terminal crash; causing him to withdraw from the race
  • Lap 153: Neil Castles' driveshaft stopped working properly, he had to settle for 13th place
  • Finish: Dick Hutcherson was officially declared the winner of the event

Finishing order

Section reference: [2]

  1. Dick Hutcherson (No. 29)
  2. Ned Jarrett (No. 11)
  3. Buddy Baker+ (No. 86)
  4. Bud Moore (No. 45)
  5. Fred Harb (No. 2)
  6. Paul Lewis (No. 27)
  7. J.T. Putney+ (No. 75)
  8. Henley Gray (No. 97)
  9. Clyde Lynn+ (No. 20)
  10. Wendell Scott (No. 34)
  11. G.T. Nolen (No. 80)
  12. Doug Cooper+ (No. 60)
  13. Neil Castles* (No. 86)
  14. Larry Frank*+ (No. 76)
  15. Bob Derrington*+ (No. 68)
  16. G.C. Spencer*+ (No. 49)
  17. Buck Baker*+ (No. 87)
  18. Elmo Langley*+ (No. 64)
  19. Jeff Hawkins* (No. 35)
  20. E.J. Trivette* (No. 42)
  21. Roy Tyner*+ (No. 9)
  22. Cale Yarborough* (No. 31)
  23. Tiny Lund*+ (No. 55)
  24. Bernard Alvarez* (No. 10)
  25. Jabe Thomas*+ (No. 25)

+ signifies that the driver is known to be deceased
* Driver failed to finish race

References

  1. ^ "1965 Greenville 200 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "1965 Greenville 200 information". Racing Reference. Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "1965 Greenville 200 information (third reference)". Everything Stock Car. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "1965 Greenville 200 information". Driver Averages. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "1965 Greenville 200 information". Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet. Retrieved .
Preceded by
1965 Atlanta 500
NASCAR Grand National races
1965
Succeeded by
1965 Gwyn Staley 400

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