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The 1965 Southern 500 marked the 16th anniversary of the NASCAR Grand National Series event, and it certainly included some great stock car racing. It was held at the famous Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. Safety back then was not exactly at the same standard of today’s racing, and it showed.

It was an intense motorsports event, but one of the wildest moments from the race was when Cale Yarborough flipped his Ford race car over the guardrail. It happened in Turn 1, when he and Sam McQuagg made contact as Yarborough tried to overtake for the lead. Before they knew it, they were both sideways and heading straight toward the wall.

While McQuagg ended up sideswiping the guardrail, Yarborough was a little less fortunate and ended up ramping off of McQuagg’s car, which sent him into the air and over the wall. On the other side, he sailed down a 40-foot slope, where his destroyed car came to a stop at the bottom. His crew chief and teammates waited for him to come back around on the race track, but they never saw him. That’s when they knew something was wrong. Fortunately, they soon received word that he was uninjured, and the camera turned to him walking back to the pits.

This was just one of many exciting moments during the Southern 500. The drivers gave their all in an attempt to grab a top position, but in the end, Ned Jarrett walked away with the victory for the race.

You can watch the full race in the below video. Look at all of those incredible ’65 Fords!

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1965 Southern 500 Race Results

1. Ned Jarrett — No. 11 Ford

2. Buck Baker — No. 86 Plymouth

3. Darel Dieringer — No. 16 Mercury

4. Roy Mayne — No. 46 Chevrolet

5. Buddy Arrington — No. 67 Dodge

6. H. B. Bailey — No. 04 Pontiac

7. Stick Elliott — No. 18 Chevrolet

8. Frank Warren — No. 79 Chevrolet

9. J. T. Putney — No. 19 Chevrolet

10. Wendell Scott — No. 57 Ford

11. Fred Lorenzen – No. 28 Ford

12. Jimmy Helms — No. 53 Ford

13. Bob Derrington — No. 68 Ford

14. Paul Lewis — No. 1 Ford

15. Wayne Smith — No. 38 Chevrolet

16. E. J. Trivette — No. 52 Chevrolet

17. Bobby Johns – No. 7 Pontiac

18. Don Hume — No. 63 Ford

19. Dick Hutcherson — No. 29 Ford

20. G. C. Spencer — No. 49 Ford

21. Larry Hess — No. 44 Ford

22. Jim Paschal — No. 41 Chevrolet

23. Bud Harless — No. 07 Ford

24. Gene Black — No. 75 Ford

25. Neil Castles — No. 72 Ford

26. Elmo Langley — No. 64 Ford

27. LeeRoy Yarbrough — No. 3 Chevrolet

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28. Buddy Baker — No. 87 Chevrolet

29. Sam McQuagg — No. 24 Ford

30. Cale Yarborough — No. 27 Ford

31. Bunkie Blackburn — No. 33 Chevrolet

32. Earl Balmer — No. 15 Mercury

33. Doug Cooper — No. 02 Chevrolet

34. Junior Spencer — No. 17 Ford

35. Curtis Turner — No. 14 Plymouth

36. Bobby Wawak — No. 4 Mercury

37. Marvin Panch — No. 21 Ford

38. Henley Gray — No. 97 Ford

39. Tiny Lund — No. 55 Ford

40. Bud Moore — No. 25 Ford

41. Bert Robbins — No. 00 Ford

42. Buren Skeen — No. 23 Ford

43. Reb Wickersham — No. 03 Ford

44. Junior Johnson — No. 26 Ford

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