July 31, 1965 - 200 Miles - Purse $9,150

  Petty took lead on lap 351 when Junior Johnson's car blew engine.

It was the 37th Career victory for Richard Petty

Petty's victory ended Ford's 32 race win streak.  Petty had only ran his first race of the season a week earlier at Bristol's Volunteer 500.  The Chrysler teams had been boycotting NASCAR due to the disallowance of the Hemi engine.

Best career finish at the Fairgrounds by Buddy Arrington.

The legendary Junior Johnson makes his last appearance as a driver at the track.  As an owner, Johnson will compile 26 starts at the track and capture 11 victories with Cale Yarborough (six) and Darrell Waltrip (five)

Richard Petty in Victory Lane (photo:Ted Marchman)

Average Speed:      72.383 mph Time of Race:       2:45:47 Margin:      6 Laps
Pole Winner:            Richard Petty / 82.117 mph Attendance:          14,343 Cautions:    1 for 13
Lap Leaders:           Petty 1-286, Johnson 287-351, Petty 352-400
 
Driver Fin Str Car Team  /  Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
Richard Petty 1 1 43 Plymouth-Petty Enterprises 65 Plymouth 400 2,350 running 335
Ned Jarrett 2 3 11 Bondy Long 65 Ford 394 1,100 running 0
Buddy Arrington 3 13 67 Buddy Arrington 64 Dodge 382 750 running 0
  J.T. Putney 4 11 19 Herman Beam 65 Chev 381 500 running 0
  G.C. Spencer 5 4 49 G.C. Spencer 64 Ford 374 475 running 0
  Neil Castles 6 21 89 Buck Baker 65 Olds 356 450 running 0
  Bob Derrington 7 14 68 Bob Derrington 63 Ford 356 425 running 0
Junior Johnson 8 2 26 Junior Johnson 65 Ford 351 375 Blown engine 65
  Gene Black 9 17 75 C.L. Crawford 64 Ford 333 325 running 0
Jimmy Helms 10 19 53 David Warren 63 Ford 323 300 flat tire 0
  E.J. Trivette 11 15 52 Jess Potter 63 Chev 301 270 running 0
Henley Gray 12 18 97 Gene Cline 64 Ford 281 240 running 0
Wendell Scott 13 10 34 Wendell Scott 63 Ford 272 220 fan belt 0
Paul Lewis 14 6 1 Paul Lewis 64 Ford 194 200 blown engine 0
Dick Hutcherson 15 5 29 Ford  -  Holman-Moody 65 Ford 158 170 blown engine 0
Elmo Langley 16 12 64 Elmo Langley 64 Ford 138 150 blown engine 0
Junior Spencer 17 9 17 Jerry Mullins 64 Ford 91 130 Blew tire - crash 0
Wayne Smith 18 16 38 Archie Smith 65 Chevrolet 60 120 fan belt 0
  Buddy Baker 19 7 88 Buck Baker 64 Dodge 28 100 Rear end 0
Tom Pistone 20 22 59 Glen Sweet 64 Ford 28 100 Blown Engine - crash 0
  Roy Tyner 21 20 9 Roy Tyner 65 Chevrolet 23 100 Rear End 0
  Buck Baker 22 8 87 Buck Baker 65 Chevrolet 20 100 oil pan 0
  Boyd Adams 23 24 23 Reid Shaw 63 Ford 15 100 gas tank 0
  Raymond Carter 24 23 62 Buddy Arrington 64 Dodge   100 ball joint 0