Inman, South Carolina (October 14, 2015) – At the beginning of 2015, James Swanson was poised for another strong year in the ARCA Racing Series. But he never thought changing teams during the season would help achieve this.
Swanson started the season with Wayne Peterson Motorsports, driving their No. 0 entry. Disappointment shadowed him early, as he started the season with a 40th place finish at the Daytona International Speedway. He did not let this disappointment down him, as he posted back-to-back 16th place finishes at the Mobile International Speedway in March, and the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in early April. He once again stepped up his game at the Salem Speedway in late April, posting a then career- best 10th place finish.
This is when the winds of change began to blow through Swanson’s career, as he pondered if his career was in need of a swift change to take his performance to the next level.
After finishing 25th at the Talladega Speedway, Swanson was not satisfied. It was then he decided to part ways with friend and car owner Wayne Peterson, as he looked for a better opportunity to showcase his driving skills.
After some searching, he landed at Hylton Motorsports, driving a brand new No. 38 entry for the team.
His first race with his new team came at the Toledo Speedway, running his Kan Do Dodge to a 22nd place finish with very little funding. The next week, he changed teams again, jumping behind the wheel of the famous No. 69 Ford for Kimmel Racing at the New Jersey Motorsports Park. He finished 27th.
After bouncing around for two weeks, he decided that Hylton Motorsports would fit him and his career as he stepped behind the wheel of the No. 48 Ford, subbing for the injured Brad Smith for the remainder of the season.
Through Kentucky, he has finished a career-best 9th twice, his first coming at the Winchester Speedway and the second at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, 11th at the Michigan International Speedway, and 12th at the Berlin Raceway. Also during that stretch, he moved inside the Top-10 in ARCA Driver Championship Points, sitting securely in 9th place.
He has also managed to bring Hylton Motorsports’ famous No. 48 inside the Top-15 in ARCA Owner’s Points.
As Swanson and Hylton Motorsports head into the season finale at the Kansas Speedway, both Swanson and team owner James Hylton are looking for a strong outing, after a solid 15th place finish at the Kentucky Speedway last month.
At Kentucky, while struggling with ignition box and carburetor issues throughout practice and qualifying, Swanson ran just outside the Top-20 in both practice and in qualifying. As the race approached, rain began to fall around the 1.5-mile speedway, forcing ARCA officials to run the race the next day.
It appeared the rain and the extra day helped Swanson, as he slowly climbed the leaderboard to finish 15th by the time the checkered flag waved.
Barring any significant mishap, this season will mark Swanson’s first complete season in the ARCA Racing Series, competing in all 20 events.
Previously, he came close to this mark in 2013 and 2014, making 20 and 17 starts, respectively.
ABOUT HYLTON MOTORSPORTS
Located in Inman, South Carolina, Hylton Motorsports is a race team that competes in the ARCA Racing Series on a full-time basis. The team runs the No. 48 Kan Do – Radon.com Ford, driven by James Swanson. Other drivers include Brad Smith and Rick Clifton.