The following is a statement from Speedway Motorsports, Inc. President and CEO Marcus Smith on the passing of Robert Yates:

"On behalf of everyone at Speedway Motorsports, we send our deepest condolences to Carolyn, Doug, Amy and the entire Yates family. Robert Yates left a lasting impression on the NASCAR family through his many years as a groundbreaking engine builder and leading car owner. Robert could handle any challenge in the race of life, and did so while inspiring others and building friendships. We're proud that as a Charlotte native, Robert enjoyed significant success at Charlotte Motor Speedway - his home track - including five NASCAR Cup Series points wins and an unforgettable victory in the 1992 NASCAR All-Star Race. Robert's 2018 induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame could not be more deserved. He was a tremendous friend, family man and pioneer of the sport. He is greatly missed."


About Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
Speedway Motorsports, Inc. is a leading marketer, promoter and sponsor of motorsports entertainment in the United States. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates the following premier facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway. The Company provides souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiaries; manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars and parts through its U.S. Legend Cars International subsidiary; and produces and broadcasts syndicated motorsports programming to radio stations nationwide through its Performance Racing Network subsidiary. For more information about the company, please visit the Speedway Motorsports website.