Posted February 17, 2014 on AP on Fox

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 06: Jeff Burton (L), driver of the Caterpillar Chevrolett, talks with team owner Richard Childress (R) in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Richard Childress pumped his fist above his head, emphatically celebrating his grandson's latest accomplishment. It was a rare show of emotion from the usually stoic team owner. Then again, this moment was far from normal. Austin Dillon took the iconic No. 3 - the number the late Dale Earnhardt drove to 67 wins and six of his seven championships - out of pseudo-retirement and put it back atop the scoring tower at Daytona International Speedway. Dillon might as well have grabbed the largest Earnhardt tribute flag ever made and waved it all around NASCAR's most famous track. ''The 3 is special to all of us,'' Childress said. ''The family, the Earnhardt family, to every one of us, but I think it's special because Austin, our family, is in the car.'' Dillon will be the talk of the Daytona - and of all of racing - for the next six days after winning the pole for Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500. The famed number already was in the spotlight as Childress decided to put it back on...
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