Saturday, April 28, 2018

Former NASCAR Driver James Hylton and Son Die in GA Car Accident

Former NASCAR driver James Hylton and Son Die in GA Car Accident

Rest in Peace James Harvey Hylton and James Harvey Hylton Jr.

Former NASCAR driver James Hylton and Son Die in GA Car Accident
Former NASCAR racer James Hylton and his son were both killed in a crash on I-85 in Franklin County, early Saturday morning.

According to Georgia State Patrol, the collision happened near mile marker 164 in the northbound lane at 6:10 a.m. The report states that the vehicle ran off the roadway and hit an embankment.

The vehicle was hauling a trailer that contained a car, according to Georgia State Patrol.

The victims were identified by Georgia State Patrol and the Franklin County Coroner's Office as 83-year-old James Harvey Hylton and 61-year-old James Harvey Hylton, Jr., both were from Inman and died at the scene.

The driver was injured and taken to the Greenville Memorial Hospital by ambulance. The official cause of death will be released after autopsies have been performed.

Hylton Crash Site (from Jennifer Calandrillo Facebook Page)

James Sr. was a two-time winner in NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now known as the Monster Energy Cup Series) competition and was a long-time competitor in the ARCA Racing Series. Hylton finished second in points in NASCAR's top series three times (1966, 1967, and 1971).

On August 6, 1972, Hylton forever etched his name in the history books by claiming the Talladega 500. Hylton led 106 laps of the 188 lap race and won $24,865 for the day.

James Hylton Jr. was the crew chief for ARCA Driver Brad Smith. Smith finished the 'General Tire 200' in thirty-first at Talladega last night.

Update: Statement from NASCAR and ARCA on the Passing of James Hylton

"Racing competitively in parts of six decades, James Hylton’s dedication, passion and longevity in motorsports is virtually unmatched. Hylton won the rookie of the year at NASCAR’s highest level, the 1972 race at Talladega Superspeedway and regularly contended for championships during the early years of his career. His racing influence continued into the ARCA series, where he competed as a driver and, most recently, a car owner. We have lost a truly special member of the racing family and a beloved figure among generations of competitors and race fans alike. We extend our deepest condolences to the Hylton family on the tragic loss of James Hylton and his son James Jr."

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