Former NASCAR Driver And Son Were Killed This Morning

NASCAR acquires ARCA racing series in move to help develop next generation of drivers

Breaking: NASCAR acquires the ARCA Racing Series

A former NASCAR driver was killed in a vehicle accident in Georgia on Saturday. James Hylton Jr., the 61-year-old son of James and Evelyn Hylton, also died in the crash. Neither was driving, according to the NASCAR report, and the driver was taken to a hospital in Greenville, S.C.

The truck was towing a race vehicle.

The elder Hylton began competing in NASCAR's Cup Series in 1964 and over a 32-year-period competed in 602 races.

With that said, ARCA will continue operating independently until after the 2019 season, at which point NASCAR plans to better align its interests beyond just the three national tours - now known as Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Trucks.

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In a move that has widespread industry implications, NASCAR announced on Friday morning at Talladega Superspeedway that it has acquired the ARCA Racing Series effective immediately.

"We are proud of the history and tradition of the ARCA Racing Series and the relationship we've built over six decades with NASCAR", said Ron Drager, ARCA president and grandson of John Marcum.

A two-time NASCAR Cup Series victor, Hylton began his career in 1964 and made 602 career starts.

The three men had to be extricated from their GMC truck, Franklin County (Georgia) Deputy Coroner Clayton Bryant told the Associated Press. His biggest triumph came two years later in the 1972 Talladega 500. He first worked with driver Rex White and eventually earned a spot on Ned Jarrett's crew during his championship years in the 1960s.

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He also attempted 21 Daytona 500s between 1966 and 2007, finishing as high as third in 1967. There he started 175 races as a driver, making his final start at the age of 78 in 2013.

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

ARCA has been a launching pad for drivers looking to make it to NASCAR's Cup series.

Hylton drove the No. 48 auto on the Cup and ARCA circuits. "He's truly passionate and loves our sport, and it's nice to see him out there one last time".

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