Mark my words: Austin Dillon will drive a black #3 car in Cup series -- soon
When Dale Earnhardt died, many people thought that the #3 would never ride on the track again in Cup.
Who could fill those shoes?, was the primary argument.
Well, the young man to do it has arrived, and his name is Austin Dillon.
Now a Nationwide winner, a Truck series champion last year, there is no doubt his next move -- likely by 2014 or so, will be Cup -- and he will bring that #3 with him.
Some will still complain if this happens, saying the number should be remembered only as Dale Sr.'s number and Dillon should pick a new one.
I say hogwash. People drove the No. 3 before Dale, and the kid who will likely drive it next is the grandson of the man who was Dale's best friend and team owner for years. He would have loved to see the little kid he knew grow and drive the #3 car.
So let me just say it again: The #3 car is coming back to Cup, starting at the 2014 Daytona 500; when Richard Childress Racing starts the year with a full-time driver named Austin Dillon.
It will be great to see a black #3 again (it has to be black, come on now); the fans will love it, he will get so much fan love it will be ridiculous. And it will be good for the sport as a whole, and serve as a kind of final healing for those people still hurt over Dale Sr.'s death. They will once again be able to root for the black #3 -- and it will be awesome.
Mark my words. It will happen. And I am looking forward to it, because Dillon has the talent to actually drive that car and not be intimidated by the number.
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