Champion and Hall of Famer Dies After Battle with Cancer

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October 04, 2017Oct 04, 2017

A champion and Hall of Famer sadly passed away after his battle with liver cancer. Robert Yates, NASCAR owner, died on Monday, October 2nd at age 74.

The official NASCAR website confirmed the unfortunate news. According to NASCAR, Yates was a true legend in the industry—leading 77 wins in the premier series as an engine builder and being inducted into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame for 2018.

His other accomplishments include creating his own racing team called “Robert Yates Racing,” which he also contributed to dozens of more wins. Previously, he also received several awards including the Bill France Award of Excellence in 2000 and the Buddy Shuman Award for Lifetime Achievement in NASCAR in 2007.

Robert Yates’ son, Doug Yates, shared a very special tribute video message on social media, which has been shared nearly 3,000 times. In the clip, Yates stated, “My dad’s my hero. My dad’s the toughest guy you’ve ever met, never give up, always looking for the positive and looking for the competitive advantage—that’s the way he raised myself and our family.”

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Many others in the racing industry are mourning this great loss, including racers and partners. Fans remembered Yates’ great accomplishments and sent their thoughts and prayers out to the family.

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Please join us in prayer for Robert Yates’ friends, family, and loved ones during this difficult time. Share your warm thoughts and prayers in our Facebook comments. In other breaking news, surprising details were revealed about the girlfriend of the Las Vegas shooter.

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