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Saturday, May 17, 2014

1965 - Nashville ARCA 300 to Bowsher

Nashville, Tenn. (May 17, 1965) – Jack Bowsher drove his 1965 Ford to an easy victory in the 300-lap Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) new car race at Fairgrounds Speedway last night.

A crowd of 5,593 fans saw the Springfield, Ohio, native swapped the lead with Dick Freeman twice before grabbing it for good on the 201st turn of the high banked, half-mile track.

Bowsher set a record-breaking pace of 72 mph in the almost reckless race that saw the yellow flag out only three times for a total of 11 laps. Bowsher, who has now won three straight races here, held the old mark of 69.7 miles per hour set last year.

Jack earned the pole position yesterday afternoon when he qualified at average speed of 78.7 miles per hour.

Bowsher led to the first six laps, relinquishing the front spot to Freeman who was born in Nashville, when he got tangled in traffic.

Freeman, driving Bowsher's old 1964 Ford, stayed ahead until Bowsher overtake him on the 25th lap.

When Bowsher may have 53 second pit stop on the 153rd lap, Freeman assumed the lead again. Freeman was in the pits on the 154th lap, but required only 28 seconds to fuel up. Bowsher's delay was caused when his pit crew had trouble taking off the gas cap. A screwdriver finally had to be employed.

Freeman stayed in front until lap 200 and then Bowsher sped past him on the back stretch.

Not sure whether he was still a lap behind, Bowsher passed Freeman again before it was all over, kneeling down the victory.

Results –

  1. Jack Bowsher
  2. Dick Freeman
  3. Bobby Watson
  4. Iggy Katona
  5. Jerry Bowsher
  6. Benny Parsons
  7. Les Snow
  8. Hank Teeters
  9. Paul Wensink
  10. Shad Wheeler
  11. Jesse Griffith
  12. Clyde Parker
  13. Charley Binkley
  14. Bill Clemons
  15. LaMarr Marshall
  16. Namon Martin
  17. Dennis Relmner
  18. Elmer Davis
  19. Jack Shanklin
  20. Joe Burkhardt
  21. Whitey Freeman
  22. Blaine Kaufman

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