12/11 11:39 CST Austin Dillon to bring No. 3 to Sprint Cup Series
Austin Dillon to bring No. 3 to Sprint Cup Series
By JENNA FRYER
AP Auto Racing Writer
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- The late Dale Earnhardt's famed No. 3 will be back on
track in the elite Sprint Cup Series next season with Austin Dillon using the
The move has been long anticipated after car owner Richard Childress allowed
his grandson to use the No. 3 as he's moved through NASCAR's ranks.
The number has not been used since Earnhardt's death in the 2001 season-opening
Daytona 500. The car was rebranded to No. 29 for Kevin Harvick following
Earnhardt's fatal accident.
Dillon won the Truck Series championship in 2011 driving the No. 3 for Richard
Childress Racing and the Nationwide title this year in the same number.
The No. 3 Chevrolet will be sponsored by Dow, Bass Pro, Realtree and General
Mills. Gil Martin will be the crew chief.