James Hylton to Celebrate 72nd Birthday at the Milwaukee Mile Memphis TN (August 24, 2006) - Stock car racing legend James Hylton will turn 72 on Saturday and the celebration will occur at a place where the legend feels most comfortable, the...
James Hylton to Celebrate 72nd Birthday at the Milwaukee Mile
Memphis TN (August 24, 2006) - Stock car racing legend James Hylton will turn 72 on Saturday and the celebration will occur at a place where the legend feels most comfortable, the race track. Hylton is entered in this week's ARCA RE/MAX Series Governor's Cup 200 at The Milwaukee Mile. Hylton is in his last year as an active driver and is running the full 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series. Hylton currently stands 23rd in driver points with seven events left to contest.
"I really respect the place and look forward to racing there because the track has so much history" states Hylton "A. J. Foyt, Bobby Allison, Mario Andretti, all the big names in American auto racing have been on that track. I also feel privileged because this will be the third major series I have ran at The Milwaukee Mile."
Hylton ran in the USAC Stock Car division at Milwaukee during the seventies and most recently in the NASCAR Busch Series. Hylton's start in the 2006 AT&T 250 put him in the record books as the oldest driver to start in a major NASCAR event.
On July 8, 1964, Hylton made his first Grand National start at the Old Dominion 400 at Manassas, Virginia. James finished 19 and collected $100 for his efforts. Things improved dramatically in 1966, as Hylton finished second in the points chase and won the coveted NASCAR Rookie of the Year award. James also captured his first pole at Starlite Speedway in Monroe, NC. Hylton again finished second in points during the 1967 season while driving Dodge's for owner Bud Hartje.
James was a model of consistency during this two-year period as he had 46 top five finishes in 87 races.
In 1968, James became a car owner / driver, a dual role that continues to this day. James found his way to victory lane for the first time on March 1, 1970 at the Richmond 500, driving the familiar number 48 Ford. During the late sixties and early seventies, Hylton amassed an amazing consistency record that was rivaled only by those of Richard Petty and Cale Yarbrough.
On August 6, 1972, James 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. Hylton won by one car length over ARCA legend Ramo Stott.
"I never imagined that I would still be racing when I was 72 years old. I am privileged to still be participating in a sport I love," states Hylton "Since we're in Milwaukee, I might even drink a beer with the crew to celebrate".
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