CUP: Big Day At Barrett-Jackson

NASCAR and collector cars go together like chocolate and peanut butter.

Therefore it was no surprise to see a number of NASCAR personalities and cars prominently featured at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in Scottsdale.

Among the NASCAR personalities on hand for Saturday’s big day under the tent at Westworld were driver Carl Edwards, former driver and current television announcer Rusty Wallace, and former team owner Robert Yates.

Two prominent Barrett-Jackson regulars not in attendance this year were Rick Hendrick, who was vacationing in Key West, and Tony Stewart, who opted to skip this year. Stewart said he’s spending this winter building a new home in Columbus, Ind., rather than expanding his car collection. Hendrick did have representatives on hand buying cars for his museum.

Here are some of the highlights from Saturday:

LOT 1251.2, $110,000 — Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Wheaties paint scheme. Built March 1993, as a Chevrolet Lumina. First raced at Michigan International Speedway in August 1993, where it started seventh and finished ninth. Was changed over to a Monte Carlo at the end of 1994 by RCR. Then was moved to the show car division of RCR at the end of 1995. At the first part of 1997, the car was changed from the original black paint scheme to the Wheaties colors to promote the upcoming Winston Select in Charlotte.

LOT 1266.1, $137,500 — 1992 Daytona 500 winning car with driver Davey Allison, owned and built by Robert Yates Racing. Also won 1991 Daytona 500 pole and spring Talladega race. Yates himself was on hand to supervise installation of correct decals as raced by Allison. Car arrived in Scottsdale with incorrect decal set reflecting period when Ernie Irvan drove the car. The car, nicknamed “Buster,” came with a huge dossier of notes from former RYR crew chief and FOX and SPEED commentator Larry McReynolds.

LOT 1275, $104,500 — A former Penske Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car, this Dodge Charger was driven by Rusty Wallace in the 2009 edition of the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom. The former Penske superspeedway chassis was specially restored by Rusty Wallace Racing team members for the event, in which NASCAR had asked Wallace to represent the 50th anniversary of the famed Daytona 500. The car thus carried special Daytona 500 badging, which was displayed solely for the Goodwood event.

LOT 1295.1, $300,000 — Pacing the 2011 Daytona 500 will be this 2011 Mustang GT Glass Roof Coupe with the all new 5.0-liter V-8. All proceeds over MSRP were donated to help cure childhood diabetes through a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This vehicle is not a replica, it is the actual pace car that will pace the race on February 14, 2010. This vehicle is one of one, with a special Daytona 500 paint scheme, a Ford Racing suspension, strut tower brace and mufflers, unique painted wheels and special interior treatment, including lit sill plates. Carl Edwards was on hand to auction it off.

LOT 1277, $130,000 — This one-of-a-kind 2009 Dodge Challenger prototype is serial number 0001 and was the very first street car to come from Petty's Garage in Level Cross, N.C. This challenger is titled in Richard Petty's name and powered by a late model 426-cubic-inch Hemi from Arrington Engines with 585 horsepower, 560ft/lb of torque and breathing through a 90mm Arrington throttle body and cold air intake. Petty was not present for the sale, as he was back home in North Carolina, taking care of his ailing wife, Lynda.

After being tipped off by alert SPEED viewers that Davey Allison’s 1992 Daytona 500-winning Ford Thunderbird had the wrong decal scheme, car owner Robert Yates put things right. For more on the story, watch Robert Yates below: