James Hylton Nashville race report

James Hylton Claims 22nd in Final Music City Start Memphis TN (August 14, 2006) - Stock car racing legend James Hylton ended his Music City racing career on a high note Saturday by recording a 22nd place finish at the ARCA RE/MAX 200 at ...

James Hylton Claims 22nd in Final Music City Start

Memphis TN (August 14, 2006) - Stock car racing legend James Hylton ended his Music City racing career on a high note Saturday by recording a 22nd place finish at the ARCA RE/MAX 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Hylton, racing in his 2005 Ford Taurus, closed the book on forty years of stock car racing in Nashville with the completion of the event. Hylton's first race in Nashville was in 1966 at Fairgrounds Speedway's Nashville 420 where James recorded a tenth place finish. "I had an excellent car this weekend that handled very good " states Hylton"I was able to set my own pace and stay out of trouble and avoid a wreck." There were ten cautions for 52 laps in the 146-lap race at the Lebanon, Tennessee track.

The Nashville Superspeedway has been treacherous for Hylton Motorsports since the ARCA RE/MAX Series began visiting during the 2001 season. "I have had a few really bad memories from this place" said the still youthful 71 year-old "I had lost a couple of cars here over the last few years, so I am really glad that our Ford Taurus emerged from the race without a scratch. I left the track with a pretty good feeling about the whole weekend, even the unexpected daytime fireworks that preceded the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. I didn't know what was going on and I almost jumped back in the car to take cover on that one."

This was Hylton's 31st race in the Music City (26 at the Fairgrounds and 5 at Lebanon) and his crew members announced to him on the radio after the race that he had been awarded the"Pop Kola Driver of the Race Award". Pop Kola was Hylton's sponsor in 1972 when he won the 1972 Talladega 500 and its logo has been featured in this year's retro car and uniform schemes. After leaving the track, Hylton said,"I guess it really sunk in when I was driving out that tunnel that I wouldn't be racing here anymore. Some people say that old drivers just fade away but I think with the encouragement I got from the pre-race applause, I am going to go out shinning".

-credit: Hylton Motorsports

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