Buddy Arrington, Neil Castles died at 84, 87

The NASCAR The world has lost a pair of ’70s independent drivers in the past three days Buddy Arrington And the nile castles He died on Tuesday and Thursday at the age of 84 and 87, respectively.

Arrington started racing in Grand National Series (Currently cup chain) in 1964, scoring 560 overall starts with 103 highest scores and best points he finished seventh in 1982. However, due to his status as an independent owner/driver with volunteer crews and less equipment, he finished second without a race win. During the final years of his trophy career, Arrington sent Chrysler’s last vehicles as a manufacturer with non-factory Imperials. He retired after the 1988 season, and his last start was at 28 at Daytona in July. He was survived by his son aerial, who ran nine Cup races in the 1970s and currently oversees the builder of the NASCAR Race Engines Plus. REP recently collaborated with APP Racing Engines To build a Toyota engine for Daniil Kvyat’s first NASCAR race in Indianapolis last Sunday.

“Buddy Arrington was an example of a successful car owner and driver during his time in NASCAR,” Started by a statement from Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “As an owner, he knew how to use his resources to compete with the best teams. As a driver, Buddy had all the talent to get the job done, so it was no surprise to see Dodge’s #67 red and blue paint job with some of the best in the sport.

“From a personal perspective, I will always remember him as the first person to take me on a ride around the Martinsville Speedway as a teenager. To this day, it’s still one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done. I will never forget him sharing this experience with me. I think he probably enjoyed it as much as he did.” I had fun and I’m sure he was wearing his signature sunglasses when he did! That was friends. He made an impact on the sport that will never be forgotten. My condolences to his family during this time.”

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Nicknamed “Soapy,” Castles scored 498 trophies starting from 1957 to 1976 with 178 scores. He wasn’t able to win a Cup race like Arrington, but earned a pair of top five points for a fourth in 1969. In 1972, he scored his first Grand National East (Not related to the current ARCA Menards Series East Championship.)

Much like the drivers of the Grand National Era, he had his own legends. He was also among a handful of drivers who competed in the early 1970s with the winged Dodge Daytonas Chrysler and Plymouth Superbirds, a squad named after him. Winged Warriors.

In the book 1993 American Zoom: Stock Car Racing – From dirt tracks to Daytona By Peter Golenbock, it tells of castles pressing down on the great Curtis Turner during a particularly powerful race, but the narrator mistakenly thought he was simply standing in the way and ordered him to surrender; Castles explained that he was very upset about it “The initiator kept doing that, and I was going crazy, so I just picked up my gun and when I came off the podium the next time I aimed and shot that flag out of his hand.” Brian Donovan’s 2008 Diary Challenging Driving: The Wendell Scott Story He remembers castles carrying pistols frequently to the races, especially in the North with “Cissy Yankee drivers in scary cars.”

Other stories discussed in 2019 Castles of Nell “Soapy”: A Memoir of Life in NASCAR and the Moviessuch as the 1972 physical confrontation with reporter Ross DeVault regarding traffic violations by Castles and his peers (a piece of race drivers supposedly being an impediment when driving on the road) that led to his suspension until he claimed he was forced out of apologizing on the opposite end, Donovan’s book mentions that Castles frequently clashed with Wendell Scott, the first winner of the Black Cup race, with a veneer of racial tension such as the use of slurs, although Castles mentions in his memoirs that they were good friends.

After finishing his racing career, Castles worked as a motorsports director and motorsports director for several films including greased lightningAnd the Abdominal muscle divisioneven hunger Games. daughter Neil Jr. He is currently working in the film industry in the same positions, and his filmography is distinguished by participating in it One Tree HillAnd the patriotAnd the iron man 3.

Buddy Arrington: July 26, 1938 – August 2, 2022

Nile Castle: October 1, 1934 – August 4, 2022