ARCA team owner James Hylton and son killed in traffic crash

By John Haverlin
April 28, 2018

Former NASCAR Cup driver and ARCA Racing Series team owner James Hylton, 83, and his son James Hylton Jr., 61, died on Saturday morning in an accident on Interstate 85 in Georgia, according to multiple reports.

The duo was returning to South Carolina after Friday night’s ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway. They were passengers in a vehicle that was hauling a trailer when it went off the road around 6:10 a.m, according to ABC-affiliate WSPA.

Our calls to the Georgia State Patrol were not returned at the time of publication.

Brad Smith, Hylton’s driver, announced the tragedy on Twitter this morning:

“The news is coming out slowly: unofficially, our hero and owner, James Harvey and his son James ‘Tweet’ Hylton were killed while passengers in their race tow rig somewhere in Georgia last night/early this morning...,” Smith tweeted.

In a second tweet, he wrote, “The driver of the hauler and crew chief, Terry Strange, allegedly survived but has some broken bones but no other news at this time. Prayers going out to the family and Evelyn, James ex and Tweet’s mom (who he lived with at the time of his death).”

Hylton competed in 602 Cup races from 1964 through 1993 and won two events. His last attempt to compete at NASCAR’s top level was the 2009 Daytona 500 driving the No. 60 Dodge for John Carter and Mark Simo, but failed to qualify.

As an ARCA team owner, his sole victory came at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2003 with Kirk Shelmerdine behind the wheel of the No. 48 Ford.



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