NASCAR Dillon No 3 Auto Racing
  • NASCAR Dillon No 3 Auto Racing
  • Austin Dillon, center left, and team owner Richard Childress, center right, help unveil the cars Dillon will drive in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup series during a news conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. The late Dale Earnhardt's famed No. 3 will be back on track in the elite Sprint Cup Series next season with Dillon using the number. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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  • NASCAR Dillon No 3 Auto Racing
  • Austin Dillon, left, and team owner Richard Childress, right, pose by one of the cars Dillon will drive in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup series during a news conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. The late Dale Earnhardt's famed No. 3 will be back on track in the elite Sprint Cup Series next season with Dillon using the number. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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  • NASCAR Dillon No 3 Auto Racing
  • Austin Dillon, left, and team owner Richard Childress, right, pose by one of the cars Dillon will drive in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup series during a news conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. The late Dale Earnhardt's famed No. 3 will be back on track in the elite Sprint Cup Series next season with Dillon using the number. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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  • NASCAR Dillon No 3 Auto Racing
  • Austin Dillon smiles as he waits to be interviewed in front of the car he will drive in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup series during a news conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. The late Dale Earnhardt's famed No. 3 will be back on track in the elite Sprint Cup Series next season with Dillon using the number. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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  • NASCAR Dillon No 3 Auto Racing
  • Team owner Richard Childress, left, answers a question as driver and grandson Austin Dillon, right, looks on during a news conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. The late Dale Earnhardt's famed No. 3 will be back on track in the elite Sprint Cup Series next season with Austin Dillon using the number. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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It's been almost 13 years since Dale Earnhardt, Sr. was killed during the 2001 Daytona 500, but the famed No. 3 will be making its return to the sport at that very track next month with NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie Austin Dillon behind the wheel. We first heard reports of this back in August, but Richard Childress Racing has made the news official this week.