Funeral services announced for former NASCAR driver & son

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ARCA driver James Hylton gives a thumbs up while sitting in his race car during practice at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. The 79-year-old will retire following Friday’s ARCA Kansas Lottery 98.9 race. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

INMAN, S.C. (WSPA) – A former NASCAR driver and his son will be laid to rest after perishing in a crash.

James Hylton and James “Tweety” Hylton Jr. died Saturday in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 85 in Georgia.

According to obituaries, father and son wrecked on their way home from a race at Talladega Speedway.

Family will receive friends 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Seawright Funeral Home in Inman. 

Private funeral services will be held for both men. 

Hylton, 83, had raced for decades and was a former NASCAR and ARCA driver.

Born in Roanoke, Va., the elder Hylton started 602 races in the Cup Series. He continued racing well into his 70s. 

NASCAR and ARCA said in a statement following the tragic loss: 

“We have lost a truly special member of the racing family and a beloved figure among generations of competitors and race fans alike. We extend our deepest condolences to the Hylton family on the tragic loss of James Hylton and his son James Jr.”

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