Childress donates Earnhardt race car for Barrett-Jackson online auction

Sale of the No. 3 NASCAR Chevrolet will benefit COVID-19 relief efforts

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The sale marks the first time Richard Childress is parting with a Dale Earnhardt car | Barrett-Jackson photos

NASCAR team owner Richard Childress is donating an original No. 3 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet race car for auction during the Barrett-Jackson online-only sale, with all proceeds benefiting COVID-19 relief efforts across the United States.

Barrett-Jackson recently announced the addition of the online collector car auction, which will feature 75 vehicles and more than 250 pieces of automobilia. The sale is set for May 8-17 and will be run on the auction platform Proxibid. 

Bidding for the Earnhardt car begins Friday, May 8, and ends Saturday, May 16. The no-reserve sale will mark the first time  Childress has parted with an original Earnhardt-driven car from his collection.

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“I’ve grown my personal collection of memorabilia throughout my career in NASCAR and have especially enjoyed the Dale Earnhardt cars in my collection because they each have such a unique history that bring back priceless memories of my years winning and racing with Dale,” Childress said in a Barrett-Jackson news release.

“I’ve never parted with an Earnhardt Chevrolet from my collection, but with a global pandemic taking place and people in our communities suffering, it’s time to do what I can to help. All proceeds will benefit much-needed causes to fight the devastating effects of COVID-19 on a local and national level.”

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Earnhardt made select NASCAR Cup Series starts in this intermediate-style Chevrolet chassis No. 22, at such tracks as Bristol Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Rockingham Speedway and Darlington Raceway between 1996 and 1999, according to the news release.  Earnhardt won with this car at Rockingham Speedway in 1996, and did not finish worse than fourth with chassis No. 22 in its first three on-track appearances. 

Childress will donate 100 percent of the sale price to various COVID-19 relief efforts, including providing support to national and local first responders and front-line workers in need of personal protection equipment. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Feeding America, which provides meals to children out of school, supports food banks and the distribution of essential food and non-food household items.

For information about the Barrett-Jackson’s online-only sale, visit the Proxibid auction website.

Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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