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In a week that has already had its fill of sadness with news of the Route 91 Harvest Festival tragedy and Tom Petty’s death, NASCAR was rocked by the loss of one of its finest.

After a battle with liver cancer, Robert Yates passed away on Oct. 2. He was 74.

“We lost a legend,” Tony Stewart tweeted about Robert, known best as a master engine builder and longtime team owner. “Gonna miss you. Our sport lost one of the most inventive minds and kindest personalities in Robert Yates.”

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“I won’t forget how happy Robert was on race day at Darlington,” NASCAR driver Danica Patrick said on her Instagram page, alongside a joyful pic of her and Robert. “This was right after I walked offstage from intros and I told him that we won best-looking car for the throwback paint scheme weekend. He was a truly kind, wonderful man. Honored to get to know him.”

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In the hours after Robert’s death, many other past and present drivers headed to their socials to express their sadness over the loss.

We send our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fans of Robert Yates.

The superstars of NASCAR react to the death of a legend Instagram/DanicaPatrick
Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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