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The Cheerios car looks way too similar to Johnson's paint. Especially the sprint unlimited car from last year.
So now hes copying two legends
As someone who was a huge Sr. fan from the moment he was introduced to the sport, I love these schemes and don't mind them in the least. Dillon is a talented driver. Jr himself has come out and said he has ZERO issue with it. People need to get over it. This kid running the number 3 regardless of color scheme or whatever may be bothering you about it has NOTHING to do with Sr.'s legacy. What this kid does in the future won't change the past for better or worse.
Everyone needs to chill out on this and stop making it into a big deal, because it's not.
I'm with you. He is on the very short list of people that have inherited the "right" to run the 3. Dale and family are good with it. RC has passed on the legend. Many greats allow their number to be run (43, 14, 11). They have even taken steps to ease into it.
I hope he does well.
[It's real! it's really real!](http://i.imgur.com/cmdGxi8.jpg)
that Dow car is mean!
"Concept car" my ass. Those machines look awesome!
(Edit: The butthurt on Facebook from some of these mindless idiots is comedy GOLD!)
Richard Childress was a long time friend of Dale Sr. and Austin Dillon grew up around him while Dale raced at RCR. I think these two people alone are more qualified than any of us to decide what is good for Dale Earnhardt's legacy. If Dale Jr. would have wanted he #3 it would have been a done deal, but he didn't and has said he supports this.
Have they announced how many races each scheme will be ran?
Heard that Dow was in for 16 races, dunno about the others
As much as I dislike him, I can't say that he doesn't deserve a Cup ride after winning the Nationwide Championship. I mean, shit, Michael Annett has a Cup ride.
I have liked Dillon since he was in the truck series..but..with all the hatred out there with the number he now has in Cup, I have one thing to say: He's got some damn big shoes to fill driving that number in the Cup Series.
Damn those are cool. It sure hurts the brain a little seeing rookie stripes on the 3. Ow.
I'm loving that red 3.
Both of the schemes really bother me, for the same reason why Dillon's Advocare NNS car bothered me. Yes, the 3 is a "hallowed number" in the sport - and yes, Richard Childress has the right to run the 3 again. I give that to him, and dont fault him or NASCAR in doing so - I actually applaud them.
**What I do take issue with is sponsors and the designers forcing black onto their cars to create ties with the Intimidator's GM Goodwrench 3.**
Dale Earnhardt is gone. He will never drive the 3 again, and now some kid has earned the right to drive it. But create a different fucking color scheme that promotes the brand on the car - not the brand OF the car. THIS is why Earnhardt fans (myself included) never wanted to see the 3 return to NSCS.
By allowing Dillon to run a black 3, it instantly creates a connection between him and Dale Earnhardt, Sr. Dillon is a mighty talented driver, and should make a name for himself - not run off of the legacy of Dale Earnhardt Sr...at the end of the day, that's Dale Jr's job.
*Edit: I mean no respect to my favorite driver (GO JR!), but I had to say it before someone else did out of spite or malice.*
You do have a good point, but at the same time I feel like the #3 was really an RCR number to begin with, and they are just continuing the use of their number in the classic style.
Hypothetically if Rusty Wallace had died late in his career while driving the 2, people would have said this same stuff about Busch and maybe even Brad Keselowski.
Dow doesn't use black as part of their palette, yet the dominant color is black. What happen to "making the new '3' its own"?
There are plenty of schemes that don't use the sponsor's main color palette. Denny Hamlin's FedEx cars are black for example, yet Fedex's primary color is white. Sometimes a car just looks better in black. I do like that Austin's schemes aren't entirely black though -- it feels like a nod to Sr. without totally copying the iconic black #3.