Former NASCAR driver Neil Castles died Thursday at the age of 88.
Castles was also known for his work as a stuntman who was featured in many films.
Neil Castles, a longtime NASCAR driver who raced in Cup from 1957 to 1976, died Thursday at the age of 88 (per @DebWilliams72 )
Castles made 498 Cup starts while also dabbling in the film industry as a stuntman and actor.https://t.co/wX1JGsogNH
— Steven Taranto (@STaranto92) August 4, 2022
“Sadly, I have been notified that former #NASCAR driver Neil ‘Soapy’ Castles passed away earlier today,” NASCAR journalist Deb Williams reported.
“When not racing Castles worked as a stunt driver in many movies, including Elvis Presley’s ‘Speedway,'” she added.
Sadly, I have been notified that former #NASCAR driver Neil “Soapy” Castles passed away earlier today. When not racing Castles worked as a stunt driver in many movies, including Elvis Presley’s “Speedway”.
— Deb Williams (@DebWilliams72) August 4, 2022
His racing career
“Castles would go on to have a long career in Cup, making a total of 498 starts from 1957 to 1976. Castles never won a single race — his best-career finish was second on four occasions — but he was credited with 51 top fives, 178 top 10s and finished in the top five in points in 1969 and 1970,” CBS Sports reported.
“Castles’ greatest success in NASCAR came in 1972, when he won the championship in the short-lived Grand National East Series,” it added.
Neil Castles, Famous NASCAR Cup Series Driver died at age 87 – death https://t.co/vUXx9OWz6l
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According to CBS, Castles ranks third in races started in NASCAR.
Castle’s stunt work included driving in racing moving like Speedway, featuring Elvis Pressley, and Greased Lightning with Richard Pryor.
His loss is mourned by long-time NASCAR fans who knew him as a regular racer in the early years of the now widely-popular sport.