Robert Yates

  • Premier NASCAR Engine Builder with 77 wins (1967-1988)
  • Career – 57 Wins and 48 Poles as NASCAR Team Owner

For nearly 40 years, Robert Yates worked in the field that he loved, stock car racing. Steadily excelling in the field and progressively building a legendary career that made him part of NASCAR history and became a part of the rich motorsports heritage that we know today.

Yates has been one of the circuit’s premier engine builders since 1960s and started working at Holman-Moody Racing in 1967, working with NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson and providing the power under the hood for Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough, later leading Allison to a series championship in 1983 with DiGard Racing.

In 1988, Yates opened his own race team, Robert Yates Racing (RYR), where the secret weapon, the now notorious ‘Yates horsepower’ was honed. While the ‘Yates horsepower’ made him a legend; Yates prides himself on the fact that his business started as a true family organization. As part of NASCAR’s modern era of team owners, Robert made a name for himself as one of these elite team owners, securing a NASCAR championship with driver Dale Jarrett in 1999.

Since RYR’s inception in 1988, Yates’ two car proved to be one of the most invincible opponents in the NASCAR Garage.  Robert Yates Racing provided championship race cars and engines for elite drives Davey Allison, Ernie Irvan, Dale Jarret, Rick Rudd, Elliott Sadler and David Gilland. After the last race of the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup season, Robert Yates announced his retirement as President of Robert Yates Racing.

A new business opportunity brought Robert Yates out of retirement and back to NASCAR. Starting up Robert Yates Racing Engines, LLC. The company was named the exclusive North American provider of the NASCAR-Approved Spec Engine in 2010.

Currently, the NASCAR-Approved Spec Engine is an alternative in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and select tracks in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Robert Yates Racing Engines offers the NASCAR-Approved spec engines for purchase either as a kit or as a fully assembled engine. Robert also provides dyno operations and a complete complement of replacement parts; as well as engine maintenance services out of the Mooresville, NC facility.

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1969 Daytona 500 Champion Engine Builder
1982 Daytona 500 Champion Engine Builder
1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Engine Builder with Bobby Allison
1984 NASCAR Engine Builder for Richard Petty’s 199th and 200th win
1992 Daytona 500 Champion Team Owner and Engine Builder
1996 Daytona 500 Champion Team Owner and Engine Builder
1996 Brickyard 400 Team Owner and Engine Builder with Dale Jarrett
1999 Brickyard 400 Team Owner and Engine Builder with Dale Jarrett
1999 NACSAR Champion Team Owner with Dale Jarrett
2000 Daytona 500 Champion Team Owner and Engine Builder
2000 Bill France Award of Excellence recipient
2007 Recipient of the Buddy Shuman Award for lifetime achievement in NASCAR
2010 Inducted into National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Hall of Fame
2010 Recipient of the Bruton Smith Legends Award
2014 NASCAR 2015 Auto Racing Hall of Fame Nominee
2015 NASCAR 2016 Auto Racing Hall of Fame Nominee
2016 NASCAR 2017 Auto Racing Hall of Fame Nominee