Cup Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, poses for a photo opportunity after a press announcement at Charlotte Motor Speedway on December 11, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Published on December 2nd, 2013 | by Michael J Smith

Dillon To Drive No. 3 In Sprint Cup Series

Richard Childress Racing announced that the legendary No. 3 Chevy, made famous by the late Dale Earnhardt, will return to the track with Austin Dillon — team owner Richard Childress’ grandson — behind the wheel.

Dillon joins Paul Menard, who drives the No. 27 with Richard Slugger Labbe as crew chief, and Ryan Newman, who drives the No. 31 with Luke Lambert as crew chief, as full time drivers with RCR.

Gil Martin will serve as crew chief for the No. 3 and Dillon. Martin led Kevin Harvick to six Chase berths.

Dow and Cheerios will sponsor Dillon and the No. 3.

Dillon said:

My grandfather and everyone at RCR have done a great job of not pushing me too quickly into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. I feel like I’ve been able to spend adequate time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series preparing for this next step in my career. I am thrilled to be making this move with partners like Dow and Cheerios, along with some long-time partners who have supported me and RCR throughout my career. I am truly grateful and looking forward to this opportunity.

Dillon’s first race — the Daytona 500 — will be the first time that the No. 3 will be used in Sprint Cup competition since 2001, when Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a last-lap crash during that year’s Daytona 500.

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