The National Association of Stock Car Racing, known also as NASCAR, has a long and popular reputation, particularly in the southern United States. Born out of the history of bootlegging during the Prohibition Era, the tradition continues to this day. NASCAR drivers are some of the best in the world, trained to drive at high speeds and negotiate other vehicles at those speeds. The Drive reports on the death of a celebrated NASCAR driver and his son in an auto accident as they returned from the ARCA race in Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.
83-year-old James Hylton and his son, James Hylton, Jr. were killed in a crash on Interstate 85 in Franklin County, Georgia. The two were returning home from an ARCA race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama on Saturday morning when the crash occurred.
Both Hylton were passengers in a GMC truck pulling a trailer containing the car owned by Hylton, which had just competed at the ARCA race. The truck left the roadway and struck a creek embankment.
Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck, crew chief Terry Strange, survived the crash.
Hylton raced competitively in parts of six decades for both NASCAR and ARCA. ARCA had recently been acquired by NASCAR.
Hylton was named NASCAR’s Rookie of the Year in 1966. He made 602 starts in his career with NASCAR. Between 1985 and 2013, Hylton ran in 175 ARCA races.
Driver Brad Smith was running in the ARCA race in Hylton’s car at the ARCA race. He finished 13th at Talladega on Friday.
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