Well another week of ARCA Racing is in the books for the Hylton Racing team. This week as a lot more challenging than others as the team after the Iowa race had an accident early in AM on July 9th right outside of Nashville where the Owner, James Hylton, Car tech, James Hylton Jr, and Crew Chief Terry Strange, went across the median and the Dually and hauler flipped over trapping them inside. Luckily there where some great people in Tennessee who came along as was able to get the out of the rear window unharmed except for some scrapes and bruises. This really put the team behind for this race in Indianapolis, the car they were going to use, "Miss Kitty", was in the hauler and had damage which could not be repaired in time for the race, no hauler nor truck. Thanks to JD Motorsports, who sent a hauler/truck to Tennessee, the team was able to get the car, dually and tools/parts home, trailer was beyond repair. So now down a car, only having one other short track\ intermediate car, "Woody", who needed a work to be ready, the new composite car not ready for racing as of yet, they needed to use the speedway car, "Martina" for this race, not the right car but now they were able to make an the race. Thanks to Empire Racing, who donated a school bus to Hylton Motorsports to haul the race car, but this too was not ready for use in time for the team need to leave for Iowa, steps in JD Motorsports again. They provided a truck and hauler to the team and they left for the race track early Thursday to put the #48 on the track for the race. Getting to this point was not easy, James turning 83 at the end of August, James Jr.(Tweet), Terry, all banged up, along with good friend Greg Burns, worked to ready themselves and the car for this trip. As we know a speedway car and a short track do not mix and braking systems are different, and this was the downfall of the weekend. Brad on Friday went out and qualified 24th for the race, running a smooth cautious lap, but in the race the set-up became an issue. Being this is a short track and they demand a lot of breaking, rotors and brake pads on speedway cars are thinner and the car could not withstand the heat being generated with the constant braking Brad need to do, the brakes became soft and he needed to pit in order to cool them down before return to the track, this lead to a long night for the team and putting them 110 laps down and finishing in 27th place. This did not hurt Brad in the overall standings as he retains the 10th place position but definitely not the night the wanted. This though was a win for the team, the overcame a terrible accident, no car, no hauler/truck, banged up bodies but still made it to the track in order to compete. One thing I will tell you, no matter what, you will never keep James Hytlon away from a race track, and this proves it, this man will always be there and with a smile on his face and greeting his peers, friends and fans, oh and did I mention, ready to race !!
Well last night in Iowa it was Brad's 300th ARCA start. Began the weekend starting in the 21st position and finishing the race 8 laps down in the 18th spot, not the finish they were hoping for on such a momentous occasion, but the this should be enough to maintain his top 10 position in the points standings. 19 years of ARCA racing under his belt and he is currently having two of the best seasons of his career under the Hylton banner. Brad appreciates all the support you give him week in and week out and hopes you stop by to say hello if ever at the track.
I help Brad and the team out at the races that I can get to. So far this year, I was at Toledo and Michigan and next month I'll be at Lucas Oil Raceway, then Winchester in August and Salem in September. I can't think of a better team to work with, (and I've worked with quite a few). All of the guys (and gals) are great to work with and there's not a nicer group of people anywhere.
I'm hoping to make more races with the team next year. Until then, thank you Brad and James for letting me be a part of such a great team. Go #48
James Hylton drove a camero # 0 named the love machine at Daytona Arca race 1975. Want to find out what happened to the car. I built the rearend in the car and signed under the rear fender. My name is Hannah but know around the track as Peaches. Followed Junior & Cale when sponsor was Holly Farms. Started a family 1977, stopped traveling the circuit. Senior Citizen now & planning to go to races in TN, AL, GA. Hope to find some of my old friends
Well, another ARCA race is over at Pocono. For those who watched it know our results, for those who didn't that is why I am here. Lol! We battled a tight race car during our only practice session, driver almost "lost" the car a few times out of turn 3. We added spring rubbers, changed springs, car was better, but we were not totally happy, toward the end of practice the motor sounded sluggish, and at times felt like it was running out of gas and retiring, so we pulled the spark plugs, and replaced, changed a few plug wires, hoping the best during qualifying. During qualifying motor still lacking power we qualified 28th, not what we expected, but in the race. Feeling confident as to what the issue was, during final adjustments the carburetor was bled and float adjusted, again confident we fixed the issue and were optimistic. Race began, once again for a lap car comfortable, motor felt good, but not too long we were Black Flagged to pull the car in. We checked all electrical connections, and plug wires, all looked good and sent car back out again. Car still lacking horsepower we were asked by ARCA to end our day reliquising us to a 31st place finish. Not the day/finish we wanted/expected, but every one is safe and car can be fixed. This finish dropped Brad from 8th in the points standings to 10th. So next week is Michigan and hope for a better finish.
Well, Mother Nature was not very cooperative, we had to work within the breaks in the weather. Thursday was "tech day", no on track, must say, went alot smoother than the nightmare in Daytona as we brought the same car, "Martina". Friday May 5th was pretty much a washout, no Qualifying, No race, as scheduled, due to time restraints and weather. On this day all we were able to squeeze in was a 30 min practice around 11:30AM to which Brad stated the car felt good, but for some reason when attempting to draft the car would not "suck up", but with the limited practice we did not have enough time to work on/ and test further, running solo Brad was running a respectable 180.2MPH. The scheduled Friday race was rescheduled for Saturday at 5PM. With Quailifying cancelled the 48 team was to start in the 13th position, but due to not making tech line in time Friday were regulated to the rear of the field. We had another soild Super Speedway race and remained on the lead lap until about 10 laps remaining as we lost out "draft" partner due mechanical issue with that car and as well all know groups are faster than an individual car at tracks such as these. All in all we were happy with the outcome, car and driver home safe and anoth 17th place 2017 Super Speedway finish leaving Brad 8th in the ARCA racing points. Well time to get ready for Toldeo next on May 21st.