James Hylton Announces Retirement

James Hylton, seen here at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway in 2010, has announced his retirement following the 2013 racing season. (Adam Fenwick/AKFPhotos.com Photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s been quite a ride for 78-year-old James Hylton, and part of his journey is coming to a close.

Hylton has announced his retirement from driving race cars. The 2013 season will mark his farewell tour behind the wheel of his famous No. 48.

“I’ve been thinking about this for quite a while,” Hylton said. “I’m 78, and the time has come.”

Hylton made 602 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts since 1964, winning twice at Talladega and Richmond. He finished second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings three times in 1966, 1967 and 1971. Since 1997, Hylton has made 143 ARCA starts.

“It’s time to step aside as a driver and turn this car over to the younger generation. I don’t want to lose the Hylton Motorsports race team. I’ll be there next year as the general manager. We are definitely in the market to build up our race team and put younger drivers behind the wheel who can run up front.”

Hylton’s feelings are mixed regarding his final year behind the wheel.

“It’s kind of a love-hate relationship. If I could drive until I was 90 years old, I would. But I need to face the facts. It’s too much of a job to be the driver and manager the team. I’m excited about the future. I feel I have an honest-to-goodness chance to build my team to where we can be competitive. Next time we come to Daytona, we will have a car and driver capable of winning the race.”

Posted by on Feb 14 2013 Filed under ARCA, Latest Headlines, Stock Cars. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Stay Connected!

Join our mailing list to receive the Daily News Update, Special Offers from NSSN or our trusted partners, or BOTH! You can opt-out anytime and we promise not to spam you!
Email:

Please Support NSSN’s Sponsors




Follow NSSN On Facebook!