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Default Robert Yates has died.

Oct. 2nd at age 74. Sad time. Cancer.
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Has to be FAKE news unless you have a solid source! If so, he was waaaaay too young to leave us.
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Has to be FAKE news unless you have a solid source! If so, he was waaaaay too young to leave us.
I was told it was Roush Yates Facebook.
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Has to be FAKE news unless you have a solid source! If so, he was waaaaay too young to leave us.
http://autoweek.com/article/nascar/n...-yates-dead-74

https://www.nascar.com/news-media/20...-of-fame-2018/

https://speedsport.com/nascar/monste...yates-dies-74/

I'm certain there is more.....
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Robert liked drag racing. There is a reason why those Summit cars are in North Carolina.
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My pleasure RM....

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Robert liked drag racing. There is a reason why those Summit cars are in North Carolina.
Yup....drag racing engines were as much in Yates' Ford Blue blood as stock car engines. And road racing engines as well.
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May he rest in peace, his pain is over.
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This is some great stuff about Robert Yates--it's the last article on the page:

http://racersreunion.com/community/f...69-daytona-500



Clipped from Racers Reunion, "Robert Yates speaking, 'Just a few years later, I built the engine that won the 1969 Daytona 500 with LeeRoy Yarbrough, while I was working for Holman-Moody.

It was a last-minute panic deal that happened. Our engines had been breaking bolts, and we couldnt figure out why. My job at Holman-Moody was to fit all the engine bearings. The engineers were convinced it was bolt stretch. Junior called me and said, I think these bolts are bad. That was his wisdom -- if theyre breaking, theyre bad.

He wanted to know if we had any of the black bolts we used to run. I looked in my cabinet and I had about 20 bolts. This was real late. The race was in just a few days.

Junior thought we needed to change the bolts, but the engineers wouldnt allow it. They didnt think that was the problem. Junior says, Well, they wont let us change any. But if youve got an engine with them in it, Ill run it.

So Junior, sorta not going in the front door, says, I want an engine with the black bolts.

I worked all night. Put the engine together in record time. Iss usually a three-day deal, but I did it that day and that night, had it on the dyno at 7 oclock in the morning.

Junior or somebody picked it up and ran it in the Daytona 500. I didnt get to come down for the race. LeeRoy won the race, and I didnt know if theyd run the engine or not, because back then there wasnt much communication.

So on Monday morning at the shop, Junior comes by the shop that day. He comes up to me and slips me a $100 bill. It was like, Yes! That was my claim to fame. That engine is still in Darlington at the Hall of Fame there.'"

Rest in peace, Sir.
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Monte Dutton's Robert Yates rememberance....

http://competitionplus.com/cp-motors...-mad-scientist
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