Hylton Gets Special Car For Final Start

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
James Harvey Hylton
James Harvey Hylton

The accolades have been pouring in for James Harvey Hylton in his final season of competition behind the wheel of a race car. At 79 years young Hylton’s career accomplishments are enough to fill two records books, 1966 NASCAR Rookie of the Year, three-time runner up in Sprint Cup Series Championship standings, over 600 career Sprint Cup starts, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner, the oldest person to ever start a NASCAR Sprint Cup race plus 166 starts in the ARCA Series.

Having logged laps over the last 50 years Hylton has built an army of followers, crew members, race fans and fans of the young at heart. For his final career start on Oct. 4, in the Kansas Lottery 98.9 at Kansas Speedway a group of the Hylton faithful are preparing a special car for his final turn behind the wheel.

“This has been a group effort from the ARCA family,” said one of the contributors. “Icons don’t come around every day and giving James a nice piece to end his career with is important to a lot of people. Plus we think with the right equipment he can still get the job done on the track.”

Not only will Hylton have some serious horsepower under the hood and a car to go with it, he’ll be sporting a retro paint scheme from his first Daytona start in 1966 compliments of CGS Imaging.

Hylton’s contributions to the sport are not lost on ARCA President Ron Drager, “It’s been an honor for us at ARCA for James to turn his final laps and close out his career these past several seasons with our series. Over the last 60 plus years we’ve had a lot drivers compete with us but there is only one James Harvey Hylton.”

Hyltons final season has been a humbling walk down memory lane with fans, tracks and drivers heaping tributes on the self described country boy from Roanoke, Virginia. “It’s been overwhelming for me,” said Hylton. “Everyone has made this season so special, I’m looking forward to going out in style at Kansas.”

While Hylton is hanging up his helmet he plans on remaining a fixture in the ARCA garage mentoring and coaching new and upcoming talent. Who better?



Lookouts Rally With Six Runs In Ninth To Nip Smokies Thursday, 11-10

KODAK, Tenn. -- Edgar Corcino hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, leading the Chattanooga Lookouts to a 12-11 win over the Tennessee Smokies on Thursday. The magic number for clinching the second-half title is now 13 and the Lookouts have a six-game lead over second place Montgomery The grand slam by Corcino capped a five-run inning and gave the Lookouts a 5-2 lead after ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Baylor Opens 2017 Campaign With 42-21 Win Over Notre Dame

Walker County Residents May Face Special Levy To Deal With Erlanger Debt, Penny SPLOST Transportation Tax On Top Of 2 Mil Property Tax Rise

Walker County, Ga., residents may face a special levy to deal with the Erlanger Health System debt as well as a new penny SPLOST transportation tax - on top of a planned two mil property tax rise. The two mil would equal to $80 on a $100,000 home. Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield said all of that is to take care of mountains of debt he said he inherited from the Bebe Heiskell ... (click for more)

State Plays Tape Of Prior Testimony Of Shooting Victim After He Refuses To Come To Court; No Video Was Collected Along Shooting Route

The state on Thursday played a preliminary hearing tape of shooting victim Kadarius Johnson after he refused to come to the Criminal Court trial of the man accused of shooting him in the back of the head. Witnesses said the car chase led through the downtown Tourist District near the Riverfront with a man in a white SUV firing shots at the driver of a Buick sedan. Prosecutor ... (click for more)

Shame On Anyone Planning A Protest At Coolidge Park Thursday Evening - And Response (7)

Whether you're Alt-Left or Alt-Right, Coolidge Park isn't the place to showcase your hate and indifference with one another. Just because it's your right, that doesn't necessarily mean that you should do it. Many have this misconception that this park is named after a President, Nope. It's named after a great man, a true patriot, and Medal of Honor recipient from right ... (click for more)

A Tale Of 3 Properties

Here in Lookout Valley on the far southwest edge of Chattanooga and Hamilton County, trees and rocks are plentiful but sidewalks are as rare as unicorns. It’s a land the governments forget – until tax collection time.  The recent county reappraisal spoke about ‘comps,’ recent sale prices of comparable local properties. But the assessors defined ‘comparable’ to suit themselves, ... (click for more)