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NASCAR Hall of Fame owner Yates dies

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Robert Yates, the NASCAR Hall of Fame car owner, has died. He was 74-years-old.

Yates died on Monday. He once told a college professor, according to ESPN, that he would not amount to anything because he spent too much time working on vehicles than studying.

Robert Yates reacts in May about being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2018 (Getty Images)

Robert Yates reacts in May about being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2018 (Getty Images)

He will be apart of the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class. He is also a championship owner, as Dale Jarrett won the 1999 NASCAR Championship with Yates as the owner.

His team, Robert Yates Racing, has won 57 NASCAR wins and had 48 poles from 1989 to 2007. Doug Yates, his son, is still in NASCAR, as he operates Roush Yates Engines.

The Hall of Famer was dealing with liver cancer over the past year.

“God created me,” he said in August. “He’ll fix me. If he needs me, he’ll take me. I’ve got a lot to be thankful for.”

He began his career while working for Junior Johnson in 1971, as a engine builder. He also worked with Bobby Allison in 1983 when he built engines for the Cup Champion.

As a car owner, he won the prestigious Daytona 500 three-times. He won it in 1992 with Davey Allison. He then won it twice with Jarrett in 1996 and 2000.

“He worked in every facet of the shop,” Jarrett said this past May, according to ESPN. “We knew what a great job he did building engines, but he could work on the chassis, work on aerodynamics, [and] spent many hours with us in the wind tunnel.”

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