About RYR Engines

Robert Yates Racing Engines is owned by legendary former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion car owner and engine builder Robert Yates.  The company was named the exclusive provider of the NASCAR-Approved Spec Engine in 2010.

Robert Yates Racing Engines offers the Spec Engine for purchase either as a kit or fully assembled and dyno’d as well as a complete list of replacement parts or engine maintenance services for any existing or future customer. Currently, the NASCAR-Approved Spec Engine is an alternative in the NASCAR ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR Pinty’s Series, and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.


Our Team

Kristi Jones grew up in a racing family and at an early age assisted NASCAR with series sponsor promotions for the NASCAR Modified and Busch North Series.  Throughout high school and college, she then worked for a law firm that sparked her interest in business law and sports contracts.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business and Public Management and Associate’s degree in Media Marketing and Management, and after college worked for several Sports and Entertainment companies including the Charlotte Hornets, Upper Deck Trading Cards, and Action Performance, Inc.  In 1999, she started at Robert Yates Racing and managed the company’s marketing, licensing, contracts, and sponsorship programs, and continues to manage the day to day business operations at Robert Yates Racing Engines.

Jimmy Barton has been building race engines since 1978. For over 20 years he served as the master engine builder and part owner of a machine shop in Birmingham, Alabama.  His experience includes many years of engine building at the pinnacle of our sport for NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup teams, including Team Amick Engine Development and Chip Ganassi Racing. Jimmy has appeared on Speed Channel’s NBS 24/7 and also holds the current record for “World’s Fastest Pickup Truck” at Bonneville Speedweek, clocking in at 262 mph.

David Lewis

Amanda Stewart started her career in racing in 2004 when she went to work for Robert Yates Racing.  When the company closed it’s doors in 2007, she went on to obtain her brokers license in real estate and worked at Roush Yates Engines before returning to work for  Robert Yates Racing Engines in February 2015.  Amanda enjoys competing in rodeos and spending time with her son.

Our Facility

Robert Yates Racing Engines operates out of a 22,000+ square foot facility in Mooresville, North Carolina. The shop is outfitted with state-of-the art equipment from Sunnen®, Newen®, SuperFlow, Clausing, Safety-Kleen®, and Columbia Marking Tools to support engine assembly and dyno-testing as well as any rebuilds or engine maintenance requirements by racers using the NASCAR-Approved Spec Engine.