1965 NASCAR Grand National Standings

Veteran Ned Jarrett prevailed in a season-long struggle with rookie driver Dick Hutcherson to capture his second NASCAR Grand National championship. Jarrett and Hutcherson traded the points lead five times ­during the season.

1965 NASCAR Grand National Champion Ned Jarrett
1965 NASCAR Grand National Champion Ned Jarrett

Jarrett's quest for a second NASCAR title was in jeopardy when he injured his back in a race at Greenville, S.C., in June. With the aid of a back brace, Jarrett continued and managed to overtake Hutcherson in the 34th race of the season at Bristol. Jarrett won 13 races during the season, while Hutcherson set an all-time record for a freshman by winning nine events. Hutcherson led the standings after 13 races, another rookie record.

The points lead changed hands six times among four drivers during the 55-race campaign. Junior Johnson and Darel Dieringer led briefly during the early stages. Dieringer placed third in the final tally, ahead of G.C. Spencer and Marvin Panch. See the chart below to get a full picture of the 1965 standings.

1965 NASCAR Grand National Standings

Rank Driver Points Wins Earnings
1 Ned Jarrett 38,824 13 $93,624.40
2 Dick Hutcherson 35,790 9 57,850.50
3 Darel Dieringer 24,696 1 52,213.63
4 G.C. Spencer 24,314 0 29,774.72
5 Marvin Panch 22,798 4 64,026.29
6 Bob Derrington 21,394 0 20,119.90
7 J.T. Putney 20,928 0 22,328.75
8 Neil Castles 20,848 0 22,328.75
9 Buddy Baker 20,672 0 26,836.21
10 Cale Yarborough 20,192 1 26,586.21
11 Wendell Scott 19,902 0 18,638.93
12 Junior Johnson 18,486 13 62,215.29
13 Fred Lorenzen 18,448 4 80,614.61
14 Paul Lewis 18,118 0 13,246.21
15 E.J. Trivette 13,450 0 13,247.95
16 Larry Hess 13,148 0 9,259.14
17 Buck Baker 13,136 0 21,579.14
18 Jimmy Helms 12,996 0 12,049.14
19 Doug Cooper 12,920 0 12,379.14
20 Bobby Johns 12,842 0 24,929.14
21 Tiny Lund 12,820 1 11,750.00
22 Buddy Arrington 11,744 0 11,600.00
23 Earl Balmer 11,636 0 19,045.00
24 Sam McQuagg 11,460 0 10,555.00
25 Elmo Langley 10,982 0 10,555.00
26 Henley Gray 9,552 0 8,320.00
27 Roy Mayne 8,838 0 9,060.00
28 Junior Spencer 8,436 0 9,345.00
29 H.B. Bailey 7,340 0 5,000.00
30 Wayne Smith 7,326 0 6,790.00
31 Donald Tucker 7,118 0 5,680.00
32 Tom Pistone 6,598 0 10,050.00
33 Bub Strickler 6,540 0 5,275.00
34 Bobby Allison 6,152 0 4,780.00
35 Jim Paschal 6,046 0 7,805.00
36 Roy Tyner 5,882 0 6,505.00
37 LeeRoy Yarbrough 5,852 0 5,905.00
38 Richard Petty 5,638 4 16,450.00
39 Curtis Turner 5,542 1 17,440.00
40 David Pearson 5,464 0 8,925.00
41 Clyde Lynn 5,414 0 4,545.00
42
Gene Black 4,970 0 6,080.00
43
Ned Setzer 4,828 0 4,805.00
44 Stick Elliott 4,332 0 4,985.00
45 Reb Wickersham 4,322 0 4,410.00
46 Frank Warren 3,814 0 2,880.00
47 Worth McMillion 3,794 0 2,590.00
48 Lionel Johnson 3,510 0 3,105.00
49 Paul "Bud" Moore 3,216 0 3,434.00
50 Sonny Hutchins 3,118 0 3,780.00

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