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NASCAR is rocked from the news of this legend's cancer diagnosis AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez
Ricky Rudd of Cornelius, N.C., left, Dale Jarrett of Hickory N.C., right, and team owner Robert Yates, center, have a laugh in victory lane after both of Yates vehicles qualified for the first and second spots for the Daytona 500, Saturday Feb. 12, 2000, at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Jarret took the pole position and Rudd will run in the No. 2 position. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

His name falls off the tongue easily for any NASCAR fan that lived and experienced his mastery as a champion engine builder and successful team owner alongside legendary drivers such as Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip.

And now, his name falls into all of our prayers.

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Winning three Daytona 500s as a car owner for the late Davey Allison and Dale Jarrett, NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Robert Yates is battling liver cancer. The news about the NASCAR legend initially broke via a tweet sent out by his son Doug Yates, who currently serves as CEO and president of Roush Yates Engines.

“My dad ‪@robertyates28 was diagnosed w liver cancer, treatment starts today,” he tweeted about his 73-year-old father. “Thank you for the thoughts and prayers!”

A number of current NASCAR stars such as Elliot Sadler also tweeted out their support for the former car owner, along with their disdain for that dreaded disease we call cancer.

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“Praying and wishing Robert Yates all the best in his battle,” Elliot Sadler wrote. “He is such an amazing man… #cancersucks.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Robert and his family at this challenging time.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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