Austin Dillon likely to bring Dale Earnhardt’s No. 3 back to Cup series

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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.

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  • drtevans

    The number 3 should be retired. This upstart kid doesnt know what it means to be #3 and can never live up to it. Show some respect Childress and retire the number….. without Earnhardt you would be a nobody.

  • John Brashear

    yes, the number should be retired, ….if anyone would bring it back it shoulda been Jr. but he knows it shouldnt return..

  • Paul Brown

    I agree the number 3 should be retired or let Jr. decide what HE wants to do with it, either Jr. races under it or no one!

  • 3 Forever

    Have to be honest, there was no greater fan of Earnhardt than myself. That being said, I think it would continue his legacy even further to see the black 3 piloted around the racetrack once more. We all would relive those great years and pass along to the next generation the story of the greatest Cup driver of all time. It would obviously have to be competitive in order to have a positive long term affect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/donna.lisa.54 Donna Lisa

    I AGREE THE #3 SHOULD BE RETIRED IN SPRINT CUP, IAM A DIE HARD EARNHARDT FAN AND PERSONALLY I REALLY DONT WANT TO SEE THAT #3 ON THE TRACK, EVERY WEEKEND THEY PAY TRIBUTE TO SR JUST BY TALKING ABOUT HIM AND NASCAR MAY LOOSE A WHOLE BUNCH OF FANS AND I WILL SPEAK FOR MOST EARNHARDT FANS “WE WILL BE PISSED”

  • SRHyre

    Yea, #3 SHOULD be left retired!!! NO 1 will ever hold a candle to Dale Sr.!!!!!!!

  • JTL

    This is F up……fans need to kick some ass

  • NASCAR OLD SCHOOL

    AA ,C or D batts in the hands of every Dale Sr Fan should do the trick on race day bust that car up boys and girls………..RCR has no class and old school fans need to SHOW UP on this issue!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • daytona500

    F U…………… RCR, fans better do something about this BS!