Bubba Wallace is no longer eligible for the NASCAR All-Star race after getting bumped into the wall by driver Michael McDowell at the Bristol Motor Speedway last week. The high-speed wreck caused the No. 43 driver’s front bumper to come off. Now that bumper is up for auction.
Following the race, Wallace voiced his frustrations with collision that eliminated him from making the All-Star race. During a TV interview, Wallace said, “People say [McDowell is] one of the nicest guys in the garage, can’t wait for the God-fearing text that he’s going to send me about preaching and praise and respect. What a joke he is.”
Furthermore, Wallace dropped his destroyed bumper off at McDowell’s team’s hauler. In response, McDowell took to Twitter to invite Wallace to join him in auctioning off the bumper.
“Thank you @BubbaWallace for the gift,” McDowell wrote. “Hopefully we can raise a lot of money for @FollowMRO. They are a CHRISTIAN ministry that has loved and served our NASCAR community for over 30 years.”
Putting his frustration aside, Bubba Wallace responded by mentioning how he wants to make the best of the situation. “When life gives you lemons, auction them off and raise money for @FollowMRO,” Wallace tweeted. “May not agree to what happened on the track, but we can agree on a positive outcome from the situation.”
McDowell’s team, Front Row Motorsports, and the NASCAR Foundation plan to auction the bumper on eBay. All proceeds benefit Motor Racing Outreach (MRO). The foundation describes itself as “providing spiritual support to drivers and their families” and “the center for children who travel with their racing families, providing a safe place to play and learn at the track.”
Currently, the highest bid for the bumper sits at $15,400. Bidding ends on July 27.
[H/T USA Today]