It is very difficult to imagine, but the #3 that has been held inactive since the passing of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. may soon be put on the active roster again. Richard Childress, who has held the number since the passing of The Intimidator, has held off using the number of his longtime friend and associate.
However, Childress’ grandsons have used the number in lower series (Truck and Nationwide). And as Austin Dillon prepares to race in the top series (Sprint) it is widely believed that the #3 will follow him. And, the son of Earnhardt, Dale Jr. has given Childress and Dillon his OK to use it.
Some might think that it is about time. Others deem the number sacred. I think that both can be true. As long as the number stays in the lineage of RCR and Earnhardt, I do not have an issue with it.
Here is more from ESPN.