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NASCAR: Why Dale Earnhardt’s No. 3 Should Never Be Retired

One of the biggest Sprint Cup silly season stories is about the impending ascent of Austin Dillon, whose grandfather, Richard Childress, has an open seat in 2014. The consensus is that Dillon, now in his second year of Nationwide Series competition, will get the seat, after winning the 2011 Camping World Truck Series title and challenging for the past two in Nationwide. The only obstacle: Dillon's usage of No. 3, the number that the late Dale Earnhardt took to glory in Childress's cars until his tragic death on February 18, 2001, on the last lap of a Daytona 500 led by his employee, Michael Waltrip, and his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr.Dillon wants to run the number. Childress seems to have no problem with it. And Earnhardt Jr. himself has no iss...

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