VOTE: Robert Yates
NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominee Robert Yates
Born: April 19, 1943
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Car Owner Wins: 57
Total Engine Builder and Car Owner Wins: 134
Daytona 500 Wins: 3 (1992, 1996, & 2000)
Championships: 2 (1983 & 1999)
Robert Yates has proven that hard work, true grit, and the quest for excellence will lead to success in NASCAR. Put an engine in front of Yates and he could create horsepower.
His career started at Holman Moody Racing and Yates quickly became an engine building genius. Assembling winning engines for NASCAR’s greatest drivers, including Hall of Fame drivers Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough, and Darrell Waltrip.
In 1988 with the emerging of young driver Davey Allison, Yates sold everything he owned to purchase Ranier-Lundy Racing. As a car owner, Yates won his first race in 1989 at Talladega with Davey Allison in the driver’s seat. Together they would go on to win 15 of Yates’ 57 career wins as an owner in NASCAR’s elite division.
Eventually, Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett joined Robert Yates Racing as they expanded into a two car team. The team of Jarrett and Yates would bring 29 NASCAR Cup races including two Daytona 500 wins and two Brickyard 400 wins.
In 1999, Robert Yates Racing captured the crown jewel of NASCAR by winning the Championship.
From his humble beginnings, Robert Yates reached the upper echelon of NASCAR racing as an innovator, engine building and as a car owner embedding his name into the history books.
Please take a moment and vote Robert Yates into the NASCAR Hall of Fame: http://nas.cr/1q8SsM4.