James Hylton is coming back! The veteran driver who has been around racing forever will be trying to run as many races as he can. John Carter who owns EM Motorsports has picked James Hylton to drive for him this coming year at Daytona.
Hylton who’s career in NASCAR started in the 50’s as a mechanic for Rex White, has come a long way. He got his first driving job July 8th 1964 when he started the Old Dominion 400 in Manassas Va. he wound up 19th that day and made $100. 1966 was a really good year for James when he finished second in points and won the Rookie of the year title. in ’66-’67 he was there every week with 46 top 5’s in 87 races. In 1968 James became a car owner/ driver and in 1970 on March 1st he found victory lane for the first time at the Richmond 500 driving the familar #48. August 6th 1972 he led 108 laps of 188 to beat Ramo Stott in the Talladega 500. He ran every race up until 1982 and stayed in NASCAR until 1993 when he switched to ARCA.
Having this icon back at the races where he will take his 74 years of experience to run against guys where wasn’t even born when he started says alot about the man and racing in general. It says look out here comes the little guy, something that fans of NASCAR have wanted for a long time.
This will be his 17th run of the Daytona 500 and his has a career high finish of 3rd. With over 300 top ten finishes he knows his way around the track. And this coming Febuary 15 he will try to make the field in the EM Motorsports #08 car.
I want to wish him all the luck in the world and hope he makes the race, and has a good finish. It will be great to see a little guy at Dayonta again.