James Hylton To Compete for Final Time in Music City Memphis TN (August 7, 2006) - Things have changed a lot in this country since 1966. Lyndon Johnson was President, America's involvement in Vietnam was growing and The Beverly Hillbilly's ...
James Hylton To Compete for Final Time in Music City
Memphis TN (August 7, 2006) - Things have changed a lot in this country since 1966. Lyndon Johnson was President, America's involvement in Vietnam was growing and The Beverly Hillbilly's ruled the airwaves. In fact there is not much of America's fabric that hasn't changed since 1966. One thing that has stayed the same though, is racing legend James Harvey Hylton and his love for racing in the Music City. Hylton will be in Nashville this week to compete in the ARCA 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee.
James Hylton first raced in Nashville at the1966 Nashville 420 held at Fairgrounds Speedway (now the Music City Motorplex). His competitors at that race included winner Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, Buck Baker Elmo Langley and Wendell Scott. A stuck throttle resulted in a tenth place finish for the rookie driving the number 48 1965 Ford. "The problem with a stuck throttle is that you don't have any idea it's stuck until you lift for the corner," said Hylton "we didn't have kill switches back then so I would turn the engine off to slow the car down. When I got onto the straight, I would turn the engine back on. I wouldn't recommend this procedure but I was just trying to survive and finish the race because I needed the points.
The 1967 race was to be more indicative of the young drivers on-track prowess as Hylton drove to a second place finish behind first-place finisher Richard Petty. Hylton states, "I had a real good race car and drove a good race but 1967 belonged to Richard Petty and Nashville was to be no exception". 1967 truly was Petty's year as he won a record 27 races on the Grand National circuit.
Over the course of the next sixteen years, James Hylton drove in 26 NEXTEL Cup races at the historic 5/8-mile track. Hylton finished in the top-5 three times, the top-10 eight times and completed 8,700 laps at the speedway. Hylton reminisces, " The city of Nashville has always been above-board in hospitality to the racers and crews. Everyone at the track and any of the related hospitality industries has always treated me very well. I really love that town".
"The most exciting memory I have of racing in Nashville is from back in the early sixties when I was working as a mechanic for Rex White" states Hylton "Rex came off turn two and got into the back-straight wall and ended up tearing most of the wooden fence down in the process". Rex White and Hylton came to Nashville for six races during the period of 1958 -- 1963 and White sat on the pole an amazing five times.
When NASCAR and ARCA moved to the new Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee, James was there soldiering on. Hylton's first race at the new track was in 2001, when James recorded a 33rd place finish. During his ARCA RE/MAX career Hylton has competed at the Nashville Superspeedway four times, with his last start being in 2005. "Nashville is a tough track to race," said Hylton "it is narrow and tricky but I still love every second of racing on it. I really look forward to coming back and racing there, it's just a great place."
When the green flag falls for the ARCA RE/MAX 200 at Nashville Superspeedway on August 12, Hylton will be there driving his heart out in his number 48 Ford Taurus with the same determination as he did in 1966 at Fairgrounds Speedway with his number 48 Ford Glaxie.
-credit: hylton motorsports