Austin Dillon, Richard Childress

One of the most famous numbers in NASCAR is making a comeback.

FOX News Radio's Marghiee Teshineh reports:

Team owner Richard Childress announced today that Richard Childress Racing will be bringing the No. 3 used by the late Dale Earnhardt back to the Sprint Cup Series starting next season.

Speaking to reporters, Childress explained why grandson Austin Dillon wanted to race with the iconic number when he moved the premier racing series:

(Childress) "He's always loved that number and that's what he always wanted to use."

The number has not been used since Earnhardt's death at the 2001 Daytona 500. The car was rebranded to No. 29 for Kevin Harvick following Earnhardt's death. 

Marghiee Teshineh, FOX News Radio.