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Petty-Yates Merger Is New Start for Some, End for Others, and Just Hazy for Rest

Today’s merger between Richard Petty Motorsports and Yates Racing is certainly another sign of the times. It also signals the end of an era for each team involved and possibly the beginning of the end for Dodge in Sprint Cup. The ripple effects of today’s decision could have a profound impact on each team involved and a few not involved.    Robert Yates founded Robert Yates Racing over 20 years ago after purchasing the race team assets from Harry Ranier and J.T. Lundy. The late Davey Allison was the first driver for the newly formed team. Over the years Yates saw success with drivers like Allison, Dale Jarrett, and Ernie Ervin. Although RYR did win one championship, it was the Yates engines that struck fear in the comp...

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