Kurt Busch introduces pink window net for breast cancer awareness in the NASCAR Cup Series race at the 2021 ROVAL at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Photo by Nigel Kinrade Photography.

Harvick’s Window of Hope Bids for Highest in NASCAR Foundation Auction

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After two years of waiting, the NASCAR Cup Series was able to honor the letter of a young fan – whose mother was battling breast cancer at the time – by racing with pink window nets at the running of the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 (The ROVAL) at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

In September of 2019, veteran driver Kurt Busch received a handwritten letter from a young fan by the name of Mason Bradley. Bradley’s mother was battling breast cancer two years ago, and is now in remission, but Bradley’s letter included an idea and a drawing of Busch’s No. 1 car that “maybe you could do the window net pink.” The pink window net was an inspiration to support others struggling through the battle of breast cancer. The note and idea took off with Busch leading the way with trying to make the young fan’s request a reality.

2020 brought a season of challenges across the world, and the hopes of the pink window nets were put on hold. Some thought the letter and idea were forgotten until support from NASCAR, The NASCAR Foundation and Thermal Control (producers and providers of the pink window nets), the series announced that the “Window of Hope” would finally become a reality at the ROVAL. Part of the initiative featured an online auction of each participating driver’s window net. Nets would be autographed and shipped to the winning bidder on eBay, an online action website. All proceeds from each window net would be used to assist with “out-of-pocket expenses associated with providing care for families currently facing a breast cancer diagnosis,” according to NASCAR.com and The NASCAR Foundation.

Bidding ended on October 21, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Below is a table breaking down the results of each driver’s window net eBay auction.

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wdt_ID Driver Car Owner Total Bids Winning Bid
1 Anthony Alfredo #38 Citgard Ford Front Row Motorsports 26 860.00
2 A.J. Allmendinger #16 Jackpot Party Chevrolet Kaulig Racing 34 890.00
3 Aric Almirola #10 Ford Warriors in Pink Ford Stewart-Haas Racing 16 698.00
4 Christopher Bell #20 Irwin / Trade Strong Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 23 1,100.00
5 Josh Bilicki #15 Insurance King Ford Rick Ware Racing 8 510.00
6 Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford Team Penske 37 2,550.00
7 Alex Bowman #48 Ally x Charlotte FC Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 56 4,000.00
8 Chase Briscoe #14 Ford Perf. Racing School / HighPoint.com Ford Stewart-Haas Racing 17 866.00
9 Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford Roush Fenway Racing 29 570.00
10 Austin Cindric #22 Menards / Richmond Ford Team Penske (Xfinity) 31 860.00
Justin Schuoler
Justin’s experience starts back in the mid-90s racing dirt bikes and ATVs. He won a local championship in 1999, and competed in multiple endurance grand prix races across Southern California. In 2015, he shifted from two wheels to four wheels, winning his first sprint kart race and finishing second in that championship. Now he works as a race official with that very club while working on making a comeback to the track. Simultaneously, his journalism career began with NASCAR and Supercross. First started with Speedway Media, he now works as the web developer and tech manager for Kickin’ the Tires. He met his significant other at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and after he and Rachel married in 2018, they together have covered west coast races in karting, Supercross, NASCAR, drag racing, dirt racing, World of Outlaws, and even a visit to his original motocross club.

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