Robert Yates to Receive Bill France Award at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. - Robert Yates, owner of the No. 28 Texaco/Havoline and the No. 88 Ford Care/Quality Care race teams, will receive the Bill France Award of Excellence on Saturday night at the Pocono Manor near Pocono Raceway. The award is...

LONG POND, Pa. - Robert Yates, owner of the No. 28 Texaco/Havoline and the No. 88 Ford Care/Quality Care race teams, will receive the Bill France Award of Excellence on Saturday night at the Pocono Manor near Pocono Raceway.

The award is presented to the individual or entity that has made outstanding contributions to NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing. The Mattioli family, owners of Pocono Raceway, annually presents the award. Previous Bill France Award winners include Richard Petty, NASCAR, Motor Racing Network, STP and Rick Hendrick.

"It's quite an honor to get the Bill France Award," Yates said. "I've never considered receiving awards like this because they always seem to go to people who have had greater accomplishments than me.

"I race for trophies and the prizes that go along with winning. It's nice to get an award that stands for overall achievements. Anytime your name is affiliated with Mr. France, it's a good thing. I appreciate the Mattioli family giving me this award."

The award presentation takes place the night before the Pocono 500. Ricky Rudd, driver of Yates' No. 28 Texaco/Havoline Ford, would like to reward Yates with a race win.

"Horsepower is critical at Pocono," Rudd said. "Those straightaways are very long and if you don't have a strong engine it really can be frustrating. Fortunately, when you drive for Robert Yates, horsepower becomes an advantage.

"We've had top-five cars in the last six or eight races and I see no reason why that won't be the case on Sunday. If we can keep racing in the top five, a win is sure to come our way."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Richard Petty , Robert Yates