Monday, July 4, 2022

1965 – Branson Triumphs at Salem

Don Branson is presented his trophy after winning the USAC sprint car feature at Salem. 

Salem, Ind. (July 5, 1965) – Don Branson, the United States Auto Club’s defending sprint car national champion, led from start to finish in Sunday’s 30-lap sprint feature at Salem Speedway.

Branson, of Champaign, Ill., hit an average of 93.1 miles per hour in the $5,000 main event. When the checkers flew, Branson had nearly a half a lap lead on the rest of the field.

Ronnie Duman of Indianapolis finished second, followed by Johnny Rutherford of Fort Worth, Tex., in third. Mario Andretti of Nazareth, Penn., was fourth and Roger McCluskey of Tucson, Ariz., rounded out the top five finishers.

Greg Weld of Kansas City, who was leading the USAC sprint car point standings before the race, finished eighth and Jud Larson of Indianapolis, another leading contender this season, was seventh.

Results –

1. Don Branson
2. Ronnie Duman
3. Johnny Rutherford
4. Mario Andretti
5. Roger McCluskey
6. Bob Wente
7. Jud Larson
8. Greg Weld
9. Bob Pratt
10.Dee Jones

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