By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

Distributed by The Sports Xchange

There are three days remaining before the 2014 Daytona 500; hence, the number for today is:

3: The car number that is making a triumphant return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the first time since the 2001 Daytona 500, when Dale Earnhardt lost his life as a result of injuries sustained in a last-lap crash. Team owner Richard Childress kept the number inactive until grandson Austin Dillon was ready for his first full season in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing. Dillon responded last Sunday by winning the pole for the 56th running of the Great American Race.