Earnhardt Jr. to drive replica No. 3 at Daytona

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Associated Press

Posted on April 29, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 29 at 4:37 PM

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive a replica of his father's No. 3 Wrangler car in the Nationwide Series race at Daytona in July.

It will be the first time since 2002 that Earnhardt Jr. will use the No. 3. He did it twice that season in NASCAR's second-tier series.

The car was unveiled Thursday at JR Motorsports on what would have been Dale Earnhardt's 59th birthday. The seven-time NASCAR champion was killed in a 2001 accident at Daytona.

Earnhardt Jr. attended the unveiling with his stepmother, Teresa, and his father's longtime car owner, Richard Childress.

The No. 3 has not been used in the Sprint Cup Series since Earnhardt's death.

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