NASCAR Owner Richard Childress’ and the RCR team has decided to return the No. 3 Chevrolet in back in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2014 with his grandson Austin Dillon behind the wheel.
The #3 was made famous by seven time NASCAR Champion Dale Earnhardt who’s longtime friend and car owner was Childress. Earnhardt tragically lost his life in the Daytona 500 in 2001.
“It was not in the plans at all to put anybody in the car until the right person was there. Yeah, if Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. had wanted to do it, or Kelley Earnhardt, or Kerry or now Jeffrey, it would be an Earnhardt or one of my family who would get in that 3 car” said Childress.
Dillon isn’t just some scrub, in 2012 he won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and then in 2013 he won the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The credentials are there and now it’s his time to show the world the #3 is back.
But wait…is Austin the “right person“??
What if…..what if the #10 wanted the ride?
The one and only #10 made obviously famous by non other than Chipper Jones!
Chipper has said he’s always been a NASCAR fan and he attended a couple races last year, being the Grand Marshal at the Talladega Speedway.
“I have been a huge NASCAR fan my entire life,” said Jones, who grew up in Pierson, FL, just minutes away from Daytona International Speedway. “I have met many people within the world of NASCAR as well as many dedicated, true fans of the sport. I know there are a lot of those fans who love Talladega. I’m really looking forward to getting the Aaron’s 499 started!”
Being a fan and being a driver a two completely different things though. Also, just being a future MLB Hall of Famer doesn’t make you a NASCAR driver.
Or does it…
I’d say let’s give him a shot…
I’m considering coming out of retirement…….to drive the 3 car for Richard Childress. Wouldn’t do it justice, but ‘I like to go fast!’
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) January 28, 2014