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Robert Yates

February 21, 2014, NASCAR.com

Nominee for the NASCAR Hall of Fame

Robert Yates was the rare breed, exceling in any field he chose. But two in particular placed him among NASCAR’s greats – engine building (his first love) and team ownership.

Born: April 19, 1943
Hometown:
Charlotte, North Carolina

Championships (2)
Premier:
1999
Engine Builder: 1983

Premier Series Owner Stats
Competed:
1989-2007
Wins:
57
Poles:
48

Yates, who began his career at Holman-Moody Racing in 1968, landed a job with NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson in 1971 -- and the rest is history. He provided the power behind Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough, later leading Allison to a series championship in 1983 with DiGard Racing.

In the late 1980s, Yates launched his own team, Robert Yates Racing. Success came quickly -- driver Davey Allison won the 1992 Daytona 500, and finished third in that season’s championship standings.

In 1996, Yates expanded to a two-car team with NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett and Ernie Irvan -- and immediately won that year’s Daytona 500 with Jarrett. Jarrett would go on to win another Daytona 500 in 2000, a year after winning the NASCAR premier series championship -- all in Yates owned Fords.

His lineage continues today, as son Doug carries on his legacy as one of the top engine builders in the sport.