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Robert Yates

Robert Yates was a rare breed, excelling in any field he chose, placing him among NASCAR's greats.

  • Inducted: 2018
  • Position:Owner / Engine Builder

Vitals

Hometown

Charlotte, NC

Born

04/19/1943

Died

10/02/2017

PREMIER SERIES OWNER STATS

Competed

1989-2007

Starts / Wins / Poles

1,155 / 57 / 48

Engine Builder and Team Owner

Yates began his career at Holman-Moody Racing in 1968 and landed a job with NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson (2010) in 1971.

The rest is history. He provided the power behind NASCAR Hall of Famers Bobby Allison (2011) and Cale Yarborough (2012), 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—NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee and 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 (2014) and Ernie Irvan and immediately won that year’s Daytona 500 with Jarrett. After that, 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.