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Dale Earnhardt Jr. cars bring $400,000 for Nationwide Children's Hospital

Columbus, Ohio-based Nationwide Children's Hospital is $400,000 richer, thanks to Saturday night's sale of two charity cars at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector-Car Auction.

The cars, a Dale Earnhardt Jr.-designed 1970 Chevelle Resto-Mod and a No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR race car that Earnhardt ran in six short-track races, were sold as pair Saturday night at Barrett-Jackson.

The pair of cars sold for $400,000, all of which will go directly to Nationwide Children's Hospital, with no fees or commissions.

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Earnhardt was in Scottsdale and took the stage to help sell the cars.

"This is a package deal," Earnhardt said from the auction stage. "This is an incredible opportunity for someone. We're raising a lot of money -- all the money that we raise tonight will go to the Nationwide Children's Hospital. … Hopefully, we get a big number for these kids and take it all the way to Columbus, Ohio."

As part of the auction, Earnhardt threw in a driver's suit from 2016, a helmet, Daytona 500 tickets, a private tour of Rick Hendrick's Heritage center where Hendrick keeps his world-class car collection and a tour of Hendrick Motorsports.

"We'll take you around the race track," said Earnhardt of Daytona. "You'll get a meet and greet with me and several other drivers."

Earnhardt's extras were enough to get the winning bid up from $350,000, where it had stalled, $400,000. And best of all, children were the beneficiaries.