NASCAR HoF nominee Robert Yates being treated for liver cancer

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NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Robert Yates begins treatment for liver cancer today, his son, Doug Yates, tweeted.

Robert Yates began his racing career at Holman-Moody Racing in 1968 building engines. He moved to NASCAR Hall of Fame Junior Johnson’s team in 1971.

Robert Yates’ engines helped Bobby Allison win the 1983 championship with DiGard Racing. Robert Yates went on to launch his own team, Robert Yates Racing. Davey Allison won the 1992 Daytona 500 with the team and finished third in the points that season. Dale Jarrett won the series title in 1999 and the 1996 and 2000 Daytona 500s with the team.

Robert Yates won 77 NASCAR Sprint Cup races as an engine builder and scored 57 wins and 48 poles as a team owner.

Doug Yates is president and CEO of Roush Yates Engines, which supplies engines to Ford teams.