James Hylton recently announced his plans to retire from driving race cars, which means he'll switch gears next year to the role of team owner (which he's always been) without steering his famous No. 48. But, for now, the 78-year-old from Inman, S.C. is content on enjoying his final months as a race car driver.
"I'm enjoying every lap," Hylton told a crowd at the Hollywood Casino, site of Tuesday's annual press conference that kicks off the season for Toledo Speedway. "I do at every track we go to. I'm driving the car and enjoying every lap."
Hylton has been involved in the sport since the 1950s when he started wrenching on a modified car. By the 1960s he was working on NASCAR cars. By 1966 he was racing in NASCAR when he was the series Rookie of the Year. Now, more than 750 professional stock car races since, Hylton has found a home with his James Hylton Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
"ARCA took me in, so...