Robert Yates' lifetime dedication to NASCAR to be honored

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It took four times on the ballot for Robert Yates to be elected to NASCAR's Hall of Fame. When he finally received enough votes, the championship winning car owner and engine builder burst into tears.

Yates was in a grueling fight with liver cancer when he was elected last May following a vote at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. When his name was announced, he was mobbed by supporters thrilled for another tribute for one of NASCAR's stalwarts.

Yates died five months later at the age of 74, and his family will represent him Friday night as he's posthumously inducted Friday night into the NASCAR Hall of Fame along with Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Ken Squier.