Could the #3 be back?

Unofficially It's Official - Dillon To Cup

Grandfather and grandson appear to be teaming up in Sprint Cup full-time in 2014.
Pictured: Richard Childress and Austin Dillon
Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Dillon To #3 Car. Dillon To #3 Car?

All the pieces are in place for a big move in NASCAR.  Richard Childress Racing (RCR) announced earlier this week that 21 year old Ty Dillon would replace his older brother Austin in the Nationwide Series #3 Chevrolet with one of the sponsors being America’s oldest brewing company, Yuengling.  No announcement was made regarding 23 year old Austin’s future but his Nationwide sponsor has confirmed he will be moving over to Sprint Cup full-time in 2014. Oops.

AdvoCare has been the major sponsor for Austin in Nationwide the past two years, but they announced their sponsorship would be moving over to Trevor Bayne’s #6 Ford at Roush Fenway Racing as a full-time partner next season (source: RFR).  Further, AdvoCare said in their announcement, with Austin

“making the move to full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing in 2014, the organization began the process of diligently seeking out its best option moving forward.”

Official, sort of

So there you have it.  Unofficially, it’s official that Austin Dillon will be making the move to Cup and as all the rumors state, most likely he’ll be driving the #3, which Childress will bring out of retirement for his grandson.  The last time the #3 was seen on a Cup car, Dale Earnhardt was in it at Daytona back in 2001 on that fateful day when Dale was killed in a crash.

Again, no official confirmation has come from RCR regarding this move, nevertheless with the statement from AdvoCare and the fact Ty is taking over for Austin leaves only one other logical conclusion.  Kevin Harvick had driven for Childress in the #29 car as a replacement ever since Earnhardt’s death, but Harvick is leaving for Stewart Haas Racing in 2014.

Emotional move for all concerned

The #3 has a special place in many stock car fans’ hearts and bringing the number back will be an emotional as well as poignant moment, but maybe makes it possible for the sport to finally move forward from the devastating loss of one of motorsports most enduring figures.

Richard Childress has implied without being direct about bringing back the #3, which he owns.  Plus, he stated that the organization would have three cars next season; yet, he has only two confirmed drivers for next year: Jeff Burton and Paul Menard.  Regardless, the cats out of the back, so-to-speak with Austin Dillon obviously moving into Cup in 2014 to drive for his grandfather in arguably the most famous car number in sports.

 

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