The No. 3 car is back – and it’s back in a big way.

Dormant since the death of Dale Earnhardt at the 2001 Daytona 500, it was big news when Richard Childress allowed the historic number back on the track. Driving the car? Childress’ grandson, Austin Dillon.

It may be Dillon’s rookie season at the Sprint Cup level, but he wasted no time in rising to the occasion as he put the No. 3 Chevy on the pole for Sunday’s Great American Race.

Austin joined SiriusXM NASCAR Radio‘s Claire B Lang following qualifying to talk about capturing the pole.

It’s amazing to be a part of this team, be a part of this sport. This is a great start for us […] it really starts the year off right, gets some momentum building, and hopefully we can continue it Thursday and Sunday.

Richard Childress also joined Claire and talked about how great it is to have the No. 3 riding again.

When we came down here to test and Austin was the fastest, and we were always second, third, fourth in practice, and you know you lay down at nights and say, “Man, what would it be like to have that No. 3 on the pole, roll it into the winners’ circle here at Daytona again.” I mean, it’s like a dream come true.

The 56th running of the Daytona 500 is this Sunday at 1 pm ET. Hear the race on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90, and follow along online with their live in-race chat at and on Twitter @SiriusXMNASCAR.

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