Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Daytona 500 Wins: 3 (1992, 1996, & 2000)
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.
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