Gentleman Ned Jarrett, king of big margins

January 03, 2013,

When the question arises about the biggest runaway in the history of NASCAR’s premier series, it actually requires a two-part answer. Is the margin of victory measured in miles or laps?

Either way it's calculated, NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett is the driver behind the answer to both questions. Both dominant victories sprang from Jarrett’s stellar championship season driving car owner Bondy Long’s Ford Galaxie in 1965.

On Feb. 27, Jarrett prevailed by 22 laps over runner-up G.C. Spencer on the Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds’ half-mile dirt track in Spartanburg, S.C. Later that season, Jarrett romped to victory in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, outrunning second-place Buck Baker by 14 laps, a distance of more than 19 miles.

By year’s end, Jarrett not only had both records in hand, but also a 13-win season with a remarkable average finish of 4.9 over a 54-race span.