HANOVERTON - The United Community Scholarship Foundation will hold its annual silent auction on Feb. 23 and one of the more interesting items up for bid is a part of the fender from the "Blue Deuce" Dodge raced last year by reigning NASCAR Sprint Car Champion Brad Keselowski.
Keselowski drove a Dodge to win the championship and will drive the Penske Racing Team Miller Lite Ford Fusion this year after the team switched to Ford during off season.
The auction, which is the foundation's largest fund raiser will be held in the high school cafeteria from 7 a.m. until noon and is called the "All-U-can-eat-eggstravaganza."
Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children two to 12 and will be available at the door.
Jen Johnson, a member for the scholarship committee, said there will be more than 100 items auctioned off.
In the past, items have included gift certificates from local restaurants including the Spread Eagle in Hanoverton, jewelry and sailboat rides.
The part of Keselowski's race car came about after David Humphrey, a Salem-area resident and manager of Team Penske's NASCAR trackside mobile merchandise trailer, made the offer on behalf of his wife, Joyce, and himself.
"Dave goes to the same church," Johnson said, "and said he had something for the auction."
Humphrey was in Charlotte, N.C. on Friday preparing for the Daytona 500 and said that normally Johnson's mother was looking for items for the auction and he would "nose around" for merchandise.
He said the part is from Keselowski's 2012 Dodge "Blue Deuce" but was unsure which race it competed in, but is definitely a genuine race-used piece.
"It's a cut-away from the driver's side above the wheel," Humphrey (see David Humphrey on Facebook) said, adding it has "Goodyear" on it.
"It has tire marks, it's worn from underneath," he said, adding it's not so big of a piece as to get in the way and not so small as to go unnoticed.
"It's a piece of the 'Blue Deuce,'" he said.
If whoever purchases it wants it autographed or personalized by Keselowski, Humphrey will be back home at the Easter break.
"Whoever buys it, I'll pick it back up and whatever they want done, Brad will personalize it ... whatever they want," hesaid.
Keselowski needed 125 starts to claim his Sprint Cup title, the fewest since Jeff Gordon was crowned the first of four times after 93 starts in 1995.
The "All-U-can-eat-eggstravaganza" will feature omelets, fruit crepes and donuts.
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