Hornaday, Squier and Yates Talk at Charlotte

Robert Yates

(CONCORD, NC – May 28, 2017 – RIS) Three of the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees met in the Media Center at the Coca-Cola 600 to speak to the members of the media in attendance.Famed broadcaster Ken Squier said that: "Being honored in this way by the people who support this sport is beyond belief. I’m just overwhelmed with the fact that the media gets this kind of play. And, it does play an important factor in growing this sport.

"To think that I represent [the media] is a bit overwhelming," he added.

Ron Hornaday, champion of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in four seasons, commented that "I'm the one person who shouldn't be here. I quit racing three or four times. But Lindy (his wife) always found enough money to go to the next race.

"In 1994, [Dale] Earnhardt called me to drive his truck. I have got a lot of people to thank – the sponsors, the people who put a lug nut on the car, the receptionist, all of the owners," he added. "This is just quite an honor. This is unbelievable."

Robert Yates, who won 77 races as engine builder and 57 as a team owner, including two Coca-Cola 600s, three Daytona 500s and a Cup championship with Dale Jarrett, said that "I would have bet money that I would have had to wait another year. When they called me first, my heart must have missed one beat. I didn't know it could miss three beats. I think if I was a driver like Richard Petty who won 200 races, I would have said sure they should be here. I didn't expect this."


John Davison

Long-time RIS staffer, beginning in the mid-80s. Charlotte, NC area local contact.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 12:14 AM, 05.30.2017