For Richard Childress Racing, it's not a matter of if the No. 3 Chevrolet ever comes back to the race track in the Sprint Cup Series, but a matter of when.
While the legend of the No. 3 Goodwrench Chevrolet was forged during the Dale Earnhardt dynasty -- an era when the seven-time champion earned six of his Cup titles and 67 of 76 career wins -- RCR has fielded that number on the vehicles of Austin and Ty Dillon, the grandsons of the organization's founder, Richard Childress.
It's very likely that when Austin Dillon graduates full time to the Sprint Cup Series he will campaign in the No 3 Chevy.
And Dale Earnhardt Jr. seems perfectly cool with that.
"I think it will be great," Earnhardt said. "It was an iconic number for my father and it means a lot to a lot of his fans. This sport doesn't really retire numbers, and all the numbers have history tied to them for several different reasons. The No. 3 is no different."
Certainly for Junior -- and legions of other Earnhardt fans --...