The annual throwback weekend at Darlington is right around the corner, and throwback schemes are now flooding social media. Some good, some bad, and some recycled.
We posted this tweet about wanting to see a throwback to Dale Earnhardt’s famous black number 3 machine, and man did it have people talking.
Wouldn’t mind seeing this for a throwback again just saying. 😉 pic.twitter.com/ojLtlytkjR— The Daily Downforce (@dailydownforce) May 4, 2023
What seemed to be a genuine desire to see one of the most iconic paint schemes of all time return, some fans were NOT feeling the same way.
Another point that was made is that Dale Earnhardt’s mother didn’t want to see another black number 3 similar to Earnhardt’s scheme on the track again, as she was apparently told they wouldn’t run it again.
This is true, Earnhardt’s mother was interviewed ahead of the 2014 Daytona 500, when Childress would bring the 3 car back to Cup for the first time since Earnhardt’s passing at Daytona in 2001. The part of the interview starts at 2:49
Other fans were excited to see the scheme run.
DNG even gave us a pretty cool idea of what it would look like on Rowdy’s car
Others think it should only be ran by a member of the Earnhardt family if they run it.
Where do you stand in the debate? Should it be kept off the track per the wishes of the family, would it be a great tribute to a legend, or should it be reserved for only family to drive?
Regardless of opinion, the black number 3 is one of the most iconic paint schemes to ever run, and truly embodies the spirit of NASCAR.
Do you think we will ever see Dale’s black number 3 made into a throwback with the number 3 in the Cup series? Let us know what you think.