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It was announced on Wednesday that the #3 is coming back to the Sprint Cup Series. A lot of fans & former fans are not happy with this decision and feel that this number should be retired.

Dale Earnhardt made that number famous with 67 NASCAR Sprint Cup wins. Earnhardt had a total of 76 wins, so 9 times he won with another number. Those 67 wins in the #3 came with Richard Childress Racing (RCR). Back in the 70’s, Childress was synonymous with the #3 as he chose that number as a tribute to Junior Johnson. Junior Johnson won 9 times with that number. Childress drove the #3 car for a time and then Ricky Rudd drove for him and won with that number before Earnhardt signed on with RCR.

For 2014, RCR has decided to bring that number back with Richard’s Grandson Austin Dillion driving. Austin has driven with the #3 for most of his career from Dirt Late Models, to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and for 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The number has been in the Childress Family for quite a while. Childress has got the blessing from the Earnhardt Family to bring the number back. The pressure will be intense for Austin Dillion in 2014 with the number on the side of his car.

When people think of Bobby Allison, many people think of him in the number 22. Legendary NASCAR Driver Fireball Robert died while driving that with number… and by the way, Fireball also drove #3 to a win.

Give Austin Dillion a chance… the Earnhardt Family already has. Trust me… Dale Earnhardt would be happy to see his number back on the track.

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