Originally written on TopSportsReport  |  Last updated 10/13/14
Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images Staff Writer Thomas Wright There has been a lot of talk around the world of Nascar since the announcement December 10th that Richard Childress was going to bring the number 3 back to the sprint cup with driver Austin Dillon at the wheel for the first time since the death of its most famous driver 7 time cup champion Dale Earnhardt which sparked conversation amongst all fans of Nascar and diehard Dale Sr. fans . The number 3 has been around since making its debut in the 3rd race of the inaugural season of Nascar driven by Bill Snowden at the Occoneechee speedway in Hillsboro,North Carolina in 1949. It has made 1,134 starts in nascar winning 97 times including 76 wins by its most famous driver Dale Earnhardt Sr. who also won 7 Championships. 8 Nascar Hall of Famers also 3 who has been Nominated for the Hall of Fame including Tim Flock 2 time Nascar Champion,Fireball Roberts,Junior Johnson who was inducted into the 1st class of the Hall of fame,David Pearson who is 2nd on the all time wins list ,Cale Yarborough and Richard Childress himself has driven the 3 that is an impressive list. Most fans will argue that Earnhardt was the Elvis Presley of Nascar with his driving style,Respect and the way he related to the average fan and made the 3 a brand rather than your average number which is all true but we can also argue that what about the other drivers that have been killed or forced from Nascar ? Drivers such as Alan Kulwicki killed in 1993 in a plane crash after winning the 1992 Nascar owner and drivers championship,Davey Allison part of the Alabama gang killed in a Helicopter crash in Talladega or even Fireball Roberts who was also killed in a crash? Nascar fans who do not wanna see the 3 back unless it is a Earnhardt back should listen to Nascar most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. who was quoted as saying “I feel good with it,” Earnhardt said in his first media scrum of this stock-car season. “I think it’s great for Austin and Richard with a number that’s been in their family for so many years. “I’ve known Austin a long time and I’ve known Richard forever, so I’m happy for them. Once we get on the race track, Austin is a competitor, a guy you will have to race to win races. I won’t even think about the No. 3 on the side.” This personally is a issue that i have been quoted as saying that i don’t agree with the return the plus side you have to take into all accounts the points listed above and the fact that Austin being in the car isn’t about trying to replace Earnhardt but continuing the legacy of the number.. The post The Return of the Number 3 to the Sprint Cup appeared first on TopSportsReport.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Rob Ryan: I love Sean Payton

NJIT pulls off shocking upset over No. 17 Michigan

Warriors owner: No one in organization liked Mark Jackson

Report: Anonymous teammate blasts Robert Griffin III

Big Ten could see a bowl eligible team miss postseason

Cam Newton on struggles: ‘You realize rainy days don’t last’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Five questions to ask ahead of the MLB Winter Meetings

Redskins tickets selling for as little as $1

Andrew Miller agrees to four-year, $36M deal with Yankees

Brandon Marshall out for the season with collapsed lung

Josh Smith has the worst streak in sports right now

Rays hire Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash as new manager

Mariners start ad campaign after Nelson Cruz signing

WATCH: Kemba Walker makes game-winning layup at buzzer

WATCH: Antetokounmpo posterizes Chris Bosh

WATCH: Tiger Woods dry heaves before making birdie at 1st hole

WATCH: Trevone Boykin catches TD pass on trick play

WATCH: Arizona center pukes on ball, snaps it anyway

Yasiel Puig lands on cover of MLB The Show 15

Pac-12 Championship game was poorly attended

Bears fans stabbed by Cowboys fans outside Soldier Field

Terminator Genisys convinced Nike to reproduce sneakers for film

PAC-12 Championship preview: Oregon vs. Arizona

College football playoff: recipes for chaos

NASCAR News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

NJIT stuns No. 17 Michigan

Warriors owner: Nobody liked Mark Jackson

Josh Smith has the worst streak in sports right now

Werth headed to jail for speeding?

In remembrance of sports columnist Bryan Burwell

What if the USFL didn't fold?

How do you know if your team is the “Mystery Team”?

Bulldogs OL saves day at strip club?

Game of the week: Seahawks vs. Eagles

Yankees trade for Didi Gregorius

Ortiz: BoSox must step up for Lester

Dez Bryant sounds off on sideline antics

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.