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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..
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