James Hylton races to 23rd in Final Gateway Start Memphis, TN (July 30, 2006) -- Seventy one-year old racing legend James Hylton finished 23rd in his final start at Gateway International in the Shop n' Save 150 ARCA RE/MAX Series event.
James Hylton races to 23rd in Final Gateway Start
Memphis, TN (July 30, 2006) -- Seventy one-year old racing legend James Hylton finished 23rd in his final start at Gateway International in the Shop n' Save 150 ARCA RE/MAX Series event. Hylton, driving the Mountain Rock Music Ford Taurus, completed 133 of the races 142 laps.
"The car handled superbly" stated the seventy-one year old legend "it was a pleasure to compete in my last race at Gateway in a car that performed so well. I also felt fortunate to not be involved in any of the accidents that took place on track at Gateway." The Shop n Save 150 had ten cautions for a total of 64 laps out of the 142 ran.
Hylton also considered himself lucky at the end of the race when a blown engine on the Frank Kimmel Ford left the track covered in smoke. "It was definitely a finish that I will always remember with the track being covered in white smoke" said Hylton " I couldn't see the flag stand or much of anything for that matter. It kind of reminded me of being behind a mosquito spraying truck. They shouldn't have any bug problem at the track for a long time."
When it came to race winner Cale Gale, Hylton was very complimentary of the rookie's performance. "Cale Gale drove the wheels off the car and got the job done plane and simple" states Hylton " I met him before the race and he is a real nice guy. He is the shock specialist for Finch Racing and that is exactly how I began my career. I started off working on shocks for Louis Clements, the car owner and crew chief for Rex White"
The season has been termed the "White Flag Tour" and brings one of the most impressive careers in motorsports to a close. Hylton entered the racing scene in a big way with an impressive second place finish in the season-long NASCAR Grand National standings in 1966. Hylton was also voted "Rookie of the Year" for the season and still holds the NEXTEL CUP record for being the highest placing rookie in a season. Hylton's storied career also includes ten top-10 finishes in the NASCAR season long points championship as well as victories at Talladega and Richmond in NEXTEL CUP and Daytona in the Grand American Series.
Hylton Motorsports entertained Missouri-based sprint car driver Christi Hoenshell and her family during the Shop n' Save 150 ARCA RE/MAX Series race. Christi, a seventeen years old from Greenwood Missouri, made racing headlines on July 08, when she won the feature race at Central Missouri Speedway. Christi backed that performance up two weeks later by finishing second in the feature race at Butler Speedway.