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Former NASCAR Cup Series Driver Neil “Soapy” Castles Dies Aged 87

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Neil “Soapy” Castles (right) – the 1972 Grand National East Series champion and a long-time competitor in the NASCAR Cup Series — has passed away at the age of 87, according to a report by Deb Williams of RacinToday.com. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)

Neil Castles – the 1972 Grand National East Series champion and a long-time competitor in the NASCAR Cup Series – passed away on Thursday, at the age of 87, according to a report from Deb Williams, a Senior Writer at RacinToday.com.

 

Castles made his first start in the Cup Series at the age of 22, competing at Columbia Speedway in June 1957. What followed, was a driving career that spanned nearly two decades, with his 498th and final start coming at Dover in 1976.

Having collected a total of 51 top-five and 178 top-10 results, Castles is known as one of the most successful drivers – and most successful owner-drivers – to have never triumphed in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Over the course of his 19-year tenure in the NASCAR Cup Series, Castles collected a pair of points finishes inside the top five, with a career-high of fourth-place in 1969, where he only finished behind David Pearson, Richard Petty, and James Hylton.

When not racing, Castles worked as a stunt driver in a number of films, including Thunder Road (1958), The Last American Hero (1973), Hot Summer in Barefoot County (1974), Greased Lightning (1977), Six Pack (1982), and What Comes Around (1985) according to IMDB.com

Joseph Srigley
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University of Windsor | Business Administration - Supply Chain & Data Analytics Editor at TobyChristie.com

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