NASCAR Legends Who Never Won

Throughout NASCAR’s 75th anniversary season, there will be considerable discussion about ordinary men who did extraordinary things en route to gaining fame and fortune as the sanctioning body’s top winners and champions. Neil Castles gained fame as a Cup Series driver as well as a stunt driver in movies. Known as “Soapy” because of his childhood success in soapbox derby racing, Castles began his Cup Series career in 1951 as a mechanic for NASCAR driver Buddy Shuman. Richard Childress found great success as a championship team owner but did not win a race as a Cup Series driver. After 26 races in 1981, he turned his Pontiacs over to 1980 Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt for 10 events. Alabama native Jimmy Means made his first Cup Series start in the 1976 Daytona 500.

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