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Why Austin Dillon Deserves to Drive No. 3 Dale Earnhardt Made Famous in NASCAR

To those supposed few who are out there protesting the No. 3 car's return to the Sprint Cup Series with Austin Dillon behind the wheel: What's the beef, people? Dillon's grandfather and car owner, Richard Childress, has done a respectable job preserving the dignity and heritage of the No. 3 since it was last driven in the Cup Series by Dale Earnhardt in the 2001 Daytona 500. Earnhardt lost his life that day in a last-lap accident. They took their time putting the No. 3 back on the track in any capacity in NASCAR, with Dillon running it first in the Camping World Truck Series and then in the Nationwide Series. He won championships in both series, by the way. Every step they took with the No. 3, they first asked the blessings o...

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