Austin Dillon will drive Richard Childress Racing’s No. 33 Sprint Cup car in the Daytona 500 in February.
Which begs the question, when will he race the No. 3, the car number Dale Earnhardt made famous, in a Sprint Cup race?
Dillon, 22, has driven the No. 3 in the Camping World Truck Series and the Nationwide Series, but taking it back to the Sprint Cup Series, where Earnhardt won seven championships and became a legend, is another matter. The famous car number is considered sacred to longtime Earnhardt fans, many whom don’t want to see it raced again.