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BRISTOL, TN - AUG. 23: Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet, looks on from the top of his car transporter during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 23, 2013 in Bristol, Tenn. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
There are few things that get NASCAR fans fired up more than the idea of the No. 3 returning to the Sprint Cup Series.
Made famous by Dale Earnhardt Sr., the No. 3 has not been run in the Sprint Cup Series since his untimely death in 2001.
Although an official announcement has yet to happen, it is widely expected that Austin Dillon will make the transition to run the in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season in 2014. The grandson of team owner Richard Childress, it is likely Dillon will drive the No. 3 car.
An image of a No. 3 Cheerios Chevrolet Sprint Cup Series car was making the rounds on social media Tuesday, but will this be Dillon's ride for 2014?
According to team officials, the picture of the No. 3 car is a concept RCR was working through with Cheerios at the beginning of the season, and is not the car Dillon will run next season.
While it may just be a leaked concept car, the possibility of the No. 3 returning to the Sprint Cup Series is something that has fans riled up.
There's no question Dale Earnhardt made the No. 3 one of the most iconic and successful numbers in NASCAR history, but he is not the only driver to pilot the No. 3 in NASCAR.
Junior Johnson was one of the first drivers to use the No. 3 in NASCAR.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEB. 1963: Junior Johnson stands with his 1963 Chevrolet after qualifying third for the Daytona 500. (Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images)
As an independent driver/owner, Richard Childress drove the No. 3 after changing his number from No. 96.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - 1980: Driving his CRC Chemicals-sponsored Oldsmobile NASCAR Cup car at Daytona International Speedway, Richard Childress finished 13th in the Daytona 500 and eighth in the Firecracker 400. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)
After he left the driver's seat, Childress put Ricky Rudd behind the wheel of the No. 3.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Febr. 1983: Ricky Rudd of Chesapeake, VA, placed the Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo, sponsored by Piedmont Airlines, on the pole position for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup race at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)
Once Earnhardt Sr. returned to RCR in 1984, he made the No. 3 Wrangler car successful with two Sprint Cup titles.
UNKNOWN - 1984: After two seasons racing Fords for car owner Bud Moore, Dale Earnhardt moved to Richard Childress' team and brought his sponsor, Wrangler Jeans, along with him. This would be the beginnings one of the greatest NASCAR Cup teams in history, as the Childress-Earnhardt combination would go on to win six NASCAR Cup championships. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)
In 1988, Earnhardt and Childress switched to the now iconic black No. 3 car that produced five championships and brought fans to their feet each week.
TALLADEGA, AL - OCT. 15, 2000: Dale Earnhardt scored his 10th career victory at Talladega Superspeedway, capturing the Winston 500. (Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images)
Both Mike Skinner and Jay Sauter drove the No. 3 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the 1990s.
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21 Apr 1996: Mike Skinner Finishes second at the NASCAR Des. Star Classic held in Phoenix, Ariz.
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18 Mar 1999: Jay Sauter No. 3 driving on the track during practice for the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race at the Miami-Dade Motorsports Complex in Homestead, Fla. Mandatory Credit: David Taylor /Allsport
Dillon's younger brother Ty has also had success in the No. 3 truck.
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SPARTA, KY - JUNE 27: Ty Dillon, driver of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway on June 27, 2013 in Sparta, Ky. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove a throwback No. 3 Wrangler car to victory lane for RCR during the July Nationwide Series race at Daytona in 2010.
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MOORESVILLE, NC - APRIL 29: (L-R) Taylor Earnhardt, Kelley Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Richard Childress, owner of Childress Racing and Teresa Earnhardt, President and CEO Dale Earnhardt Inc. unveil the No. 3 Wrangler car that Earnhardt Jr. will drive in the Nationwide race in Daytona later this year, April 29, 2010 in Mooresville, N.C. (Photo by Mary Ann Chastain/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Even Kevin Harvick's No. 29 car has carried the No. 3 on the B-post since it's first race at Rockingham in 2001.
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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEB. 21: Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 21, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Fla. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
While the Cheerios car may not be the car Austin Dillon will drive in the Sprint Cup Series in 2014, there is little doubt he will be driving the famous, stylized No. 3. For some fans, this is sacrilege. For others, it's a welcomed sight.
Either way, Dillon is simply the next name on the list of successful drivers with the No. 3 on the door.