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Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s No. 3 might be coming back to NASCARFriday, August 23, 2013

Category:Racing News

In NASCAR news today, Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s No. 3 might be returning, as it has been out of races since his passing at the Daytona 500 in 2001.

Numbers aren't retired in NASCAR like they are on in other sports, and as Austin Dillon will be moving up the Sprint Cup next year, it's likely the number will become his. Earnhardt's team owner, Brad Childress, didn't retire the number, but rather paid each year to reserve it, and now that his grandson, Dillon, is likely get to the number.

"That was the number Dale Earnhardt Sr. raced under, right up until his final passing maneuver at the Daytona 500 in 2001," reads a report on "Team owner Childress has paid the fee to keep the number ever since, but has kept it out of use in Earnhardt's memory. His successor Kevin Harvick has raced in the Sprint Cup under the substitute No. 29 ever since, and the No. 3 was being kept out of use in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series as well. But that's all primed to change."