75-Year-Old Driver, Hylton, Hospitalized Sunday

Lee FraserCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2009

DAYTONA, FL - FEBRUARY 11:  James Hylton, driver of the #58 Retirement Living Chevrolet, looks on before qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 11, 2007 in Daytona, Florida.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

Current ARCA ReMax Series driver, and former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, James Hylton, was injured in an ARCA ReMax Series race at the North Carolina Speedway on Sunday.

It was the running of the American 200, in Rockingham, North Carolina on Sunday. Hylton was injured in a crashย on lap 147.

He was taken to a near by hospital with an ankle injury. He was treated and released and is resting in his South Carolina home.

Hylton, the 1966 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, rookie of the year, turned 75 in August, after making an attempt to qualify for the Daytona 500 in February. Hylton's car failed to fire on the qualifying grid, and was forced to withdraw from the event.

Hylton, ran the entire ARCA ReMax Series schedule in 2009, and said in February that he would love to give the Daytona 500, one more shot. "Some people say they've got a fire burning down there, well I guess you can say I've got a furnas!"

Hylton also made an attempt for the Daytona 500 in 2007, and was in the transfer spot in his Gatorade Duel race, before a faulty clutch forced him out of the event.

Hylton has made 601 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts in his career, none since 1993.

It's just a physical injury for Hylton, and we expect to see him back on the track, ready for Daytona, in 2010, running another full ARCA schedule, in a season in which he will be turning 76. Wow!


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