July 29 Update: Front Row Motorsports announced that one of its sponsors, carparts.com, made the winning bid for Bubba Wallace‘s front bumper from the July 15 All-Star Open, with the proceeds going to Motor Racing Outreach.
The team also announced that the compnay would make an additional $20,043 donation to Victory Junction in honor of Wallace and Richard Petty Motorsports.
“We are proud and excited to be a participant in the NASCAR community,” said Lev Peker, CEO of CarParts.com, in a media release. “We felt that making the final bid allowed us to continue to do good for everyone in the community – and beyond. We’re proud to donate to Motor Racing Outreach on behalf of Front Row Motorsports and Michael McDowell and make an additional donation to Victory Junction on behalf of Richard Petty Motorsports and Bubba Wallace.”
Said Michael McDowell: “I have to thank our partner, CarParts.com for making such a generous impact to MRO, through The NASCAR Foundation, and to Victory Junction. It’s amazing to see the attention the auction got and what an impact we’ve all made. I must thank Bob Jenkins (owner) of Front Row Motorsports for having this idea and then letting us all put it together for such great causes.”
Said Wallace: “It’s like I said before, we’re making lemonade out of lemons. And now we’re making a lot of lemonade for the children at Victory Junction and that’s pretty cool. Thanks to CarParts.com for making this donation and creating a big win for everyone.”
How much is someone willing to pay for the torn front bumper off a Bubba Wallace race car that failed to finish an exhibition race?
Well, if it’s the front bumper Wallace deposited at Michael McDowell’s Front Row Motorsports hauler after the July 15 All-Star Open, someone is willing to pay $20,034.
That’s how much the bumper was auctioned for Monday on eBay. The identity of the buyer is not available.
The torn bumper from Wallace’s No. 43 Chevrolet was a result of a wreck after contact from McDowell’s No. 34 Ford at Bristol Motor Speedway. The All-Star Open was the final chance for drivers to qualify for the All-Star Race that night.
Front Row Motorsports teamed up with the NASCAR Foundation to auction the bumper. The proceeds will go to Motor Racing Outreach.
When life gives you lemons, auction them off and raise money for @FollowMRO. May not agree to what happened on track, but we can agree on a positive outcome from the situation. https://t.co/F8cyXdjEmv
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) July 17, 2020