An original No. 3 Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt is going on the auction block this week, with proceeds to benefit Coronavirus-related relief efforts. The car belongs to long-time NASCAR owner Richard Childress.
Earnhardt made select NASCAR Cup Series starts in the intermediate-style Chevrolet at tracks such as Bristol Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Rockingham Speedway and Darlington Raceway between 1996 and 1999. Highlighted by a win at Rockingham Speedway in 1996, Earnhardt did not finish worse than fourth with Chassis No. 22 in its first three on-track appearances.
“I’ve grown my personal collection of memorabilia throughout my career in NASCAR and have especially enjoyed the Dale Earnhardt cars because they each have such a unique history that bring back priceless memories of my years winning and racing with Dale,” said Childress. “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.”
A variety of national and local causes will benefit from the auction and sale, with Childress contributing all proceeds 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 proceeds will also benefit Feeding America, which is providing meals to children out of school, providing support to food banks and continuing the distribution of essential food and non-food household items.
The car will be auctioned exclusively through Barrett-Jackson with the sale set to open Friday, May 8 and end on Saturday, May 16.
In addition to the car, Childress is offering other items, including die-cast race cars, some of which never went into production. Those items are being offered on eBay right now.