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Whether they were looking to buy or just looking, hundreds went to Richard Childress Racing’s surplus auction on Tuesday.

Everything from full cars to parts were sold at the auction at RCR headquarters in Welcome. Racing team owners looking for deals said they found them here.

“It’s good for people like myself and others in racing to come here and get some parts that are really good parts and get good deals on it,” said Tommy Baldwin Jr., NASCAR Cup Series team owner.

Sharon Naake, who owns a team in the NASCAR K&N Series, called one of her deals “smoking.”

“We bought a couple of ARCA cars. They’re going to add to our inventory and be good short track cars for us. We bought one car for $10,000, which was the one we were here to get,” said Naake, who traveled here from Sacramento, Calif.

Childress is auctioning the equipment off to make room for expansion, but he also remembers how auctions like these helped him start his remarkable career.

“I remember going to a Hollman Moody surplus sale back in 1969, and it really helped me out as a young guy getting into racing. I got some really great buys then,” Childress said.

And then there were some at the auction like Ben Hanks of Thomasville, who was there only because he loves the sport.

“I’m just looking around, man. I don’t have any money for anything like this. If I had the money, I’d buy me a completed car,” Hanks said.

While most items sold were race ready, others were sold purely for show.

One of the relics was the 07 car that crossed the finish line of the 2007 Daytona 500 upside down. That fetched more than $3,000 at the auction.