The Number 3

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When Austin Dillon crossed the finish line to capture the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday/Monday evening he became the 13th different driver to win in a car number 3. That might come as a shock to some people as all of the commentary post-race left the impression that only Dale Earnhardt EVER drove a car numbered 3. Turns out 78 other drivers have driven with the number 3 on their car, it just is that Earnhardt has the most starts and wins with the number.

Joining Earnhardt on the list is fellow Hall of Famers Junior Johnson, Cale Yarborough, David Pearson, Buck Baker, Cotton Owens, Fireball Roberts, Bobby Isaac, Fred Lorenzen, Tim Flock, and former team owner of Earnhardt’s and Dillon’s Grandfather/owner, Richard Childress.

No, Dale was not the first or the last driver of the number 3, he just might have done it best…for now.

Driver Starts Wins
Dale Earnhardt 529 67
Richard Childress 172 0
Austin Dillon 120 1
Buddy Baker 61 2
Ricky Rudd 60 2
Junior Johnson 50 9
Dick Rathmann 45 3
Paul Goldsmith 29 5
Buck Baker 22 2
Charlie Glotzbach 14 1
David Pearson 13 3
Jimmy Ayers 13 0
Cotton Owens 10 0
Al White 9 0
LeeRoy Yarbrough 7 0
John Soares Jr 6 0
Jim Vandiver 5 0
Bobby Johns 4 0
Cale Yarborough 4 0
Fireball Roberts 4 1
Alton Jones 3 0
Bill Amick 3 0
Bobby Isaac 3 0
Marvin Panch 3 0
Scotty Cain 3 0
Tommy Gale 3 0
Allan Clarke 2 0
Allen Heath 2 0
Buddy Arrington 2 0
Clyde Minter 2 0
Coleman Lawrence 2 0
Curley Hatfield 2 0
Danny Letner 2 1
Dick Getty 2 0
Dick Miller 2 0
Don Angel 2 0
Earl Balmer 2 1
Hershel McGriff 2 0
Jim Paschal 2 0
Lamar Crabtree 2 0
Stan Noble 2 0
Al Pombo 1 0
Al Unser 1 0
Al Wagoner 1 0
Al Watkins 1 0
Arden Mounts 1 0
Bill Champion 1 0
Bill Snowden 1 0
Bruce Worrell 1 0
Bunk Moore 1 0
Bunkie Blackburn 1 0
Donald Thomas 1 0
Earl Brooks 1 0
Eddie Pagan 1 0
Frank Secrist 1 0
Fred Lorenzen 1 0
Hub McBride 1 0
Jimmy Crawford 1 0
Joe Clark 1 0
Joe Eubanks 1 0
Joe Hines 1 0
Joe Littlejohn 1 0
Johnny Rogers 1 0
Ken Goudermoat 1 0
Lennie Page 1 0
Mark Hurley 1 0
Paul Feldner 1 0
Pete Arnold 1 0
Ralph Moody 1 0
Ray Erickson 1 0
Reb Wickersham 1 0
Richard Brickhouse 1 0
Rocky DiNatale 1 0
Smokey Cook 1 0
Speedy Thompson 1 0
Tim Flock 1 0
Tom Pistone 1 0
Wally Dallenbach 1 0