Yates Issues Statement Of Apology

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NASCAR Winston Cup team owner Robert Yates issued a statement of apology Wednesday for the post-race incident between his driver, Ricky Rudd, and a crewman, Larry Lackey.

Rudd and Lackey were fined and placed on probation by NASCAR for their altercation after the Monte Carlo 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night. Lackey was apparently angered of statements Rudd made the previous week about the perceived lack of attention paid to Rudd’s team by the engine builders.

Lackey, in Yates’ engine research & development department, resigned from RYR, a published report said.

“On behalf of Robert Yates Racing and our team members, I want to apologize to our many fans, sponsors, associates and NASCAR for the incident that took place at Richmond International Raceway last Saturday night after the race,” Yates said in the statement. “After meeting with my team members I feel confident that in moving forward, all those associated with RYR will compete and represent themselves in a manner that our fans and sponsors will be proud of.”

Interestingly, Rudd did not issue a similar apology. Rudd is leaving the team at the end of the season to join the Wood Brothers.

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