Hylton Sidelined by Overheating at Berlin: Memphis, TN (July 17, 2006) -- Seventy One-year old racing legend James Hylton recorded his first ARCA RE/MAX series DNF of the year at Berlin Speedway on Saturday night. Hylton's 2005 Ford Taurus began...
Hylton Sidelined by Overheating at Berlin:
Memphis, TN (July 17, 2006) -- Seventy One-year old racing legend James Hylton recorded his first ARCA RE/MAX series DNF of the year at Berlin Speedway on Saturday night. Hylton's 2005 Ford Taurus began overheating on lap 17 and the Hylton Motorsports crew worked feverously on the car to correct the problem. However, by lap 33 it had became apparent that the engine problems could not be corrected and the car was parked for the night, winding up in 31st position.
"Berlin is a very demanding race track on both driver and equipment" states Hylton "I ran across a drainage grate in turn four at the beginning of the race and severely damaged the left front of the chassis." During his career, Hylton had competed two other times at Berlin, with a 30th-place finish in 1999 and a 34th-place finish in 2002.
James had nothing but praise for relatives of two of his former NASCAR NEXTEL CUP associates, that competed last weekend at Berlin. Brian Keselowski, the nephew of former NEXTEL CUP driver Ron Keselowski, was the winner of the GFS / Sara Lee 200. "Brian is a tremendous talent," states James "he won the race in a car that sustained very little damage at a very demanding short-track and that is very impressive.b
Former Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope's niece, Angela Cope finished 22nd in the Jennifer Belmont Ford. Derrike has driven in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series in a truck owned by James and was also Hylton's teammate at the 2006 AT&T 250 at The Milwaukee Mile. Hylton said "Angela is an excellent driver and showed a lot of determination in making the change to the 3,400 lb stock cars; Angela has a very bright future ahead in this sport. "
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.