Shriners Hospitals for Children had a big night Thursday thanks to Cup Series driver David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports.
Ragan helped raise $300,000 for the hospitals through a charity auction of one of his 2018 Cup cars at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The No. 38 Ford Ragan drove at Dover International Speedway last May and finished 27th in went before bidders. The car had been sponsored by the Shriners Hospitals.
The winning bid was placed by entrepreneur Rick Steele, whose mother had been treated by the healthcare system.
“I really can’t thank Rick enough for his generous bid and donation to Shriners Hospitals for Children,” Ragan said in a press release. “He really made tonight memorable for me, but also made a huge impact and benefit to the Shriners Hospitals and their patients and families. It was a wonderful night and $300,000 raised is amazing. I have to thank Bob Jenkins of Front Row Motorsports for donating the car and Doug Yates for donating the engine. There are so many other people who made this possible, too. I hope they all feel great for making such a big impact.”
Ragan’s car isn’t the only recent Cup car to be auctioned off in the last year. The car Bubba Wallace finished second with in last season’s Daytona 500 was auctioned off in May. The winning bid was $83,197.