When the command is given to “Fire Em Up” during this years 56th annual Daytona 500; Austin Dillon will be behind the wheel of a number that his grandfather ran, but was also made famous by Dale Earnhardt. It’s a number that since Dale’s death had unofficially been retired until the right driver came along to carry on the legacy of the #3.
As the grandson of Richard Childress, the time seemed right to bring the number back to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and to place Austin behind the wheel. With a blessing from Dale Jr. and his sister Kelly, Austin had received a green light to run the number for the first time in over twelve years.
Someone may have been smiling down from the heavens, because during the time trials on Sunday, Austin Dillon went around Daytona International Speedway at a speed of 196.019 MPH which was landed the Dow sponsored Chevrolet smack dab on the Pole for Sunday’s race.
At the drop of the green flag on Sunday, there will certainly be cheers and tears from many race fans as they watch the number 3 lead the pack across the start/finish line for the “Great American Race”.
There is no shortage of videos on the internet, especially when it comes to automotive hijinks. This particular one is several years old now, but it still leads the pack as far as impressive driving goes. When you combine an ultra light super 7 with a driver that knows what the heck they are doing, it is truly a sight to behold.
Got a more impressive video? Well, I’d like to see it.
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This is 20 feet of 100 percent pure, swagger-coated, 1960 Pontiac. It appears to have 1959 Cadillac tail light lenses, and early 1960’s Cadillac upper tail fins. It’s sitting on monster chrome wheels that are least 20 inches, but probably more like 22’s. Air ride suspension lives underneath with fast dump valves (likely 1/2 inch at least), and they are fully connected to a keyfob. To complete the ultimate swagger package, this sexy American steel is dipped in a sweet candy red paint. I think this swagger package is complete, son.
Not much to say here. Just removing the engine in 30 seconds or less.
The X-Games is awesome to watch, but not so awesome when people crash and get injured. That was the case with Toomas Heikkinen a few days ago. It was rumored that he broke his ankle and got a few other bumps and bruises. Considering the speed and the extremely abrupt deceleration, I’d say he did fairly well if that was his worst injury.