Austin Dillon is moving up to the Sprint Cup ranks after winning the Nationwide Series championship this year.
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The No. 3 car made famous by the late Dale Earnhardt is returning to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2014.
Richard Childress Racing introduced Austin Dillon as the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet for next season on Wednesday. Dillon is the 23-year-old grandson of NASCAR multi-team owner Richard Childress. He is moving up to the Sprint Cup ranks after winning the Nationwide Series championship this year.
Dillon's debut in the No. 3 will come in the Feb. 23 Daytona 500. That car number has not been used in NASCAR's top series since Earnhardt was killed in an accident during the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.