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NASCAR Then & Now: Dale Jarrett Learned To Be Great at Yates in 1995

While Bobby Labonte and Joe Gibbs prospered immediately with a successful start to what would be a 10-year partnership, Dale Jarrett was building a long-term union with car owner Robert Yates and their No. 28 Texaco-Havoline Ford team. Yates was Ford Racing's source of extreme horsepower for the Thunderbird contingency, with former driver Kenny Wallace once saying he felt like "an astronaut" behind the wheel of a car racing with his engine. His brilliance in building such power plants gave the car owner something of a high reputation amongst his peers in the garage area, with his machines often speeding to the front with relative ease. Another reputation that the popular NASCAR icon had was his experiences with tragedy. He was dealing with...

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