Longtime NASCAR driver James Hylton, son killed in car accident

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NASCAR racing legend James Hylton and his son James Hylton Jr. have been killed in vehicle accident Saturday, the governing physique confirmed.

Hylton, eighty three, began greater than 600 races in NASCAR’s nationwide collection in a profession that spanned six many years. His first Cup begin was in 1964; his final races have been in 2011 when he was seventy six ­— in the Xfinity Collection at Darlington Raceway, and in the Tenting World Truck Collection at Pocono Raceway.

The accident occurred on Interstate eighty five in Georgia, based on a number of reviews. Hylton and his son have been returning to South Carolina from an ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama when their car left the freeway and hit an embankment. They died on the scene, authorities stated. Neither was driving, in accordance with the NASCAR report, and the driver was taken to a hospital in Greenville, S.C. 

Hilton made 602 begins in NASCAR’s prime collection, profitable twice. Though he by no means gained a Cup collection championship, he completed in the highest 5 in the standings eight occasions, together with seven of his first eight seasons as a full-time driver. He completed second 3 times (1966, 1967, 1971).