James Hylton has seen his dream of competing in the Daytona 500 come to an end after the veteran missed both free practice sessions over the course of the weekend.
The 74-year-old was attempting the qualify the #60 Carter/Simo Racing Dodge in the race but saw mechanical problems in both practice sessions leave him unable to set a lap time.
As per NASCAR regulations, that meant he was unable to take part in Sunday's qualifying session and will miss the chance to take part in next weekend's race.
"I feel like I have been snake bit," he said, "but I will be back running at Salem Speedway in April with my Ford.
"We changed the starter, battery and more or less rebuilt the carburettor. The motor ran fine when we unloaded off the hauler and it's just disappointing when something like this happens."
Hylton has competed in the 500 on 15 occasions in the past, with a best result of third back in 1967.