Austin Dillon will be bringing the No. 3 back to the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012 with a sponsorship from AdvoCare.
Dillon and his team owner/grandfather, Richard Childress made the announcement Friday at Texas Motor Speedway that AdvoCare would sponsor the No. 3 in 20 Nationwide Series races next season for Richard Childress Racing. AdvoCare is already a two-race primary sponsor for Richard Petty Motorsports and the fall Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
During the announcement, Childress told the media that he has no plans to bring the No. 3, made famous by Dale Earnhardt, Sr., to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series anytime soon.
The No. 3 has not been used in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since Dale Sr’s death in the 2001 Daytona 500.
Dillon is currently the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader, driving the No. 3 truck for RCR. The No. 3 has won two NASCAR Busch Grand National, now the Nationwide Series, championships in 1998 and 1999 with Dale Earnhardt, Jr who drove for his father’s company, Dale Earnhardt Incorporated.
“[Dillon] has used the 3 predominantly throughout his career, and I for one am excited to know he’ll be running it at the next level,” Earnhardt Jr. said in a release.
Dillon made his Sprint Cup debut at Kansas in October, driving the No. 98 car and, according to Childress, will run “probably a couple at most” Sprint Cup races in 2012.
Should the No. 3 come back into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series or should Richard Childress go ahead and retire the number in honor of Dale Earnhardt?