Former NASCAR driver Hylton, son killed in crash after leaving Talladega

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Heartbreaking news out of Georgia today, as former NASCAR driver James Hylton and his son, James Hylton Jr., will killed in a motor vehicle accident. "We extend our deepest condolences to the Hylton family on the tragic loss of James Hylton and his son James Jr".

The driver was injured and taken to the Greenville Memorial Hospital by ambulance.

The vehicle was hauling a trailer that contained a auto, according to Georgia State Patrol.

Hylton, 83, started more than 600 races in NASCAR's national series in a career that spanned six decades. In three races this season the organization has the best finish of 22nd at Nashville.

The Roanoke Times reported that Hylton and his son and crew chief Terry Strange were traveling back to SC after Friday's ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway when the accident happened around 6 a.m. Saturday, according to Hylton's ex-wife Evelyn Hylton. He still owned a auto in the series.

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"I am doing this for seniors to show that at 70 years old you don't have to go hunting for an old folks home", Hylton told the Associated Press before finishing 23rd in his qualifying race.

The elder Hylton made his NASCAR Cup debut in 1964, running as an independent and starting 602 races, winning twice. Franklin County borders SC. He first worked with driver Rex White and eventually earned a spot on Ned Jarrett's crew during his championship years in the 1960s. He attempted to qualify for the 2007 Daytona 500 but did not make the field.

In 2011, at the age of 76, he drove in 19 ARCA races, one Nationwide Series (now Xfinity) race and one Truck Series race.

Hylton made his first start in ARCA in 1986 and climbed out of the vehicle for the final time in that series in 2013 after running the entire schedule.

"He was a schoolteacher, and James talked him into quitting and going racing with him". "I'm retiring at the end of the day, but my heart is wanting to keep going", he told the AP before his last race, at Kansas Speedway. Brad Smith, who was Hylton's driver in the General Tire 200 at Talladega, was credited with a 31st-place finish.