NASCAR Cup: Robert Yates battles liver cancer
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By AMANDA VINCENT
Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner Robert Yates has been diagnosed wither liver cancer and began treatment for the cancer on Monday, according to a tweet that day from his son, Doug Yates.
“My dad @robertyates28
was diagnosed w liver cancer, treatment starts today. Thank you for the thoughts and prayers!” Doug Yates (@Yates_Doug
) tweeted Monday.
Robert Yates was a team owner at the Sprint Cup level for 21 years. During that time, his team won 57 races. Robert Yates Racing’s No. 88 Ford team claimed the 1999 Winston (now-Sprint) Cup championship in 1999 with Dale Jarrett as driver.
Yates also was a championship engine builder. Son, Doug Yates, has followed in his father’s footsteps with the current-day Roush-Yates Engines. Before becoming a Cup-level team owner, the elder Yates built engines for teams including Holman-Moody Racing, Junior Johnson Racing and DiGard Racing. While with the Digard organization, Yates’ engines powered Bobby Allison to the Winston Cup championship in 1983.