No. 3 Chevrolet to return to Nationwide full time, Richard Childress Racing says
By Lee SpencerFoxSports
The return of Nationwide Series teams to Richard Childress Racing also signifies the return of the venerable No. 3 Chevrolet to competition full time in 2012.
The merger between Kevin Harvick Inc. and RCR will enable KHI’s existing teams — the No. 2 car with Elliott Sadler and the No. 33 with a cast of current Sprint Car drivers — to compete in the NNS along with Childress’ grandson Austin Dillon in the No. 3 Chevrolet.
Dillon, 21, drives the No. 3 Silverado in the Camping World Truck Series. He is fourth in the point standings. Dillon competed in four Nationwide non-companion events for KHI this season. He scored one top-five, three top-10s and completed every lap. His average finish is 8.5.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won both his Nationwide Series titles behind the wheel of the No. 3 Chevrolet when the tour was still called the Busch Series in 1998 and 1999. Ron Hornaday Jr. took over the seat in 2000 and was the last driver to run a full season in the No. 3 Chevrolet. Earnhardt has revived the car on three occasions since his father’s passing: Daytona and Charlotte in 2002 and then again last July at Daytona when he won in the No. 3 Wrangler Chevrolet.
Dillon’s brother Ty will take over the driving duties in the No. 3 truck next season. The 19-year-old leads the ARCA Series points and has won seven of the first 16 events.