Friday, May 15, 2020

1965 – Nashville ARCA 300 to Bowsher

Nashville, Tenn. (May 15, 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 Fairground Speedway Saturday afternoon.

A crowd of 5,592 fans saw the Springfield, Ohio, native swap the lead with Dick Freeman twice before grabbing it for good on the 201st turn of the high-banked half-mile.

Bowsher set a record-breaking pace of 72 miles per hour in the almost caution free race that saw the yellow appear only three times for 11 laps. Bowsher, who has now won three straight races here, held the old mark of 69.7 miles per hour set in 1964.

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

Bowsher led for the first six laps, relinquishing the front spot to Freeman when he got tangled up in traffic.

Freeman, driving Bowsher’s old 1964 Ford, stayed ahead until Bowsher overtook him on lap 26.

When Bowsher made a 53-second pit stop on lap 153, Freeman assumed the lead again. Freeman would pit a lap later but required only 28 seconds to fuel up. Bowsher’s delay in the pits was caused when his crew had trouble taking off the gas cap. A screw driver finally had to be employed.

Freeman stayed in front until lap 200 when Bowsher passed him on the backstretch.

Not sure whether he was still a lap behind, Bowsher would pass Freeman again for good measure, nailing 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. La Marr Marshall
16. Namon Martin
17. Dennis Reinner
18. Elmer Davis
19. Jack Shanklin
20. Joe Burkhardt

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