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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Richard Childress Racing announced Wednesday that Austin Dillon will drive the No. 3 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2014.

Dillon, last season's champion in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, will pilot the number made famous by seven-time series champion Dale Earnhardt.

The No. 3 had been out of use in NASCAR's premier division since Earnhardt's death in a crash in the 2001 Daytona 500.

Dillon-Childress-main.jpg.mainThe offseason move was announced at Charlotte Motor Speedway during Wednesday's testing session.

Earnhardt won six of his titles in RCR's No. 3.

At the final race weekend of the year, Dillon openly talked about the significance of the number even as he closed in on his second NASCAR national series crown.

"I feel the pressure of the number because I want to make it run well for the fans, keep it up front," Dillon said. "It's a very special number to our family. ... Having the opportunity, the equipment, that stuff is always going to be with me from the very beginning. The number is more for me, putting pressure on myself. I like doing that. It's something that pushes me. Not everybody can say they have a number that pushes them, and I can, so that's nice."

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6 comments

  • CM

    We wish Austin Dillon much success and honor and respect RCR’s decision. He will make them proud…!!!
    As true E fans, we do not see a problem with this choice. As the ole’ cli-che’ goes..”.you can take the boy out of the country, but you can never take the country out of the boy…the same goes for E and 3…In our hearts, they will never be separated…
    Good Luck and Best Wishes Austin Dillon…!!!
    Mocksville N.C.

  • ucima3fan

    Dale’s not remembered because he drove the 3. The 3 is remembered because Dale drove it. Let’s hope Austin can make us remember him for his driving, not because he’s in the 3. I was always a big Dale fan and looked for the 3 because I knew he was the driver. Racing hasn’t been the same without him.

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