He is using the same style font, red outlined #3 and a black car. He won't have very many fans with that approach. Dale Earnhardt was, and still is, NASCAR. There is a reason Junior is more popular than all the other drivers combined.
The whole "43 isn't retired so you can't retire 3" argument is dumb.
Richard Petty was the Bill Russell of racing. Won a load of races/championships and was an all-time great. But he had no competition and did it at a time the sport wasn't popular at all.
Dale Earnhardt was the Michael Jordan of racing. He absolutely dominated the sport, is the sole reason many all-time greats are not champions, and made the sport what it is today.
Couldn't disagree more. Petty dominated NASCAR in a way that Earnhardt could only dream of. The 43 isn't retired because Richard didn't want it retired. Petty had plenty of competition, not sure what you are basing your argument off of. Pearson, Yarborough, EARNHARDT, etc...
Richard Petty made the sport what it is today. If anything it's like Jordan/Lebron. Petty built the empire, Earnhardt carried the torch until a new group arrived, (Gordon/Johnson).
If the kid wants the 3, then let him have it. It's just a friggin' number.
Let's not forget that Earnhardt's popularity didn't even skyrocket until he died. While he was alive he wasn't close to being most-popular, as that went to Bill Elliott. Then all of the sympathy fans jumped on Jr.'s bandwagon because they wanted to honor the man they once crucified.
...LMAO..."Michael Jordan of racing", "is NASCAR". Give me a break, bud. Hell, Gordon was more popular than Earnhardt.