Doug Yates: No truth to rumors he’ll replace Jack Roush

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Yates Fenway Racing?

That’s the hot rumor going around in NASCAR, that longtime team owner Jack Roush may be preparing to sell his share of Roush Fenway Racing to Roush Yates Engines CEO and partner Doug Yates.

Forget it, there’s no truth to it, Yates tells Dave Moody of SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

“Jack is committed to NASCAR racing,” Yates said. “He loves two things besides his family; racing and flying airplanes. He is not planning to stop the racing part, anyway. I know that for a fact.”

But that’s not to say the younger Yates hasn’t thought about one day following in the footsteps of his father, legendary and now-retired NASCAR Sprint Cup team owner and engine builder Robert Yates.

“It’s flattering to hear my name out there (in the rumor mill) and if the right situation came along, I’d love to carry on what my dad started and what he accomplished,” Doug Yates told Moody.

“But right now, my focus is on building great engines for Ford Motor Company and making Ford and Roush proud,” Yates continued. “That’s what I’m going to try to stick with and be focused on in the near future. Jack Roush is not going anywhere.”

Roush will turn 73 in April. But at the same time, given how his Sprint Cup teams have struggled the last couple of years, Roush will likely not walk away from RFR until he rights the wayward ship, Yates said.

“One thing he’s not going to do is quit before he gets (RFR) back where he wants it,” Yates told Moody.

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