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01/04/2007 04:23 AM ID: 59315 Permalink   

Man, 72, New Contestant for 2007 Daytona 500


Nascar's famous Daytona 500 is gearing up for the 2007 season, and it appears that the contestants will consist of the young-- as well as old. In fact, 72-year-old racing veteran James Hylton is preparing to take the stage.

At his age, he is without a doubt the oldest contestant to ever appear in the event, beating out the former holder of that title, then 61-year-old Dave Marcis. He says that financial constraints have prevented him from racing, but not anymore.

He made his racing debut over 40 years ago, in 1964. He is aware of the odds against him in such an event, but to him, that isn't the point. "At my age, the odds against me are astronomical but it's a challenge and I love a good challenge," he said.

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  Just goes to show  
that if you are willing it's never to late to do anything. I have a relative hso thinks because he is eighty he cannot do anything and won't even try. It's very sad indeed.
  by: sleeky     01/04/2007 04:40 AM     
  Good for him  
I do not think he will fare well in the standings, but good for him on trying to make the race.
  by: TaraB     01/04/2007 06:13 AM     
  Good effort!!  
I hope he does well and wish him all the best of luck
  by: spacechimp     01/04/2007 05:17 PM     
I think Nascar should have a age limit, if passed that age, then a extensive major physical is required. Due to his age, his bones are more fragile. In a voilent accident, his weaker bones may crumble. It is hard to believe Nascar is going to let him do this, are they not concerned about saftey untill someone dies?
  by: slayer06   01/06/2007 08:10 PM     
  Nothing agaist the man  
I hope he does well and wish him the best of luck. Just avoid and don't cause the big one.
  by: slayer06   01/06/2007 11:27 PM     
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