"I'm pretty excited to have the famous yellow and blue paint scheme in honor of my grandfather for this year's Southern 500," said Jeffrey Earnhardt. "My grandfather ran this paint scheme in 1981, when he started the season as the No.2 car driving for Rod Osterlund. When Richard Childress purchased the team halfway through the season, it became the famous No.3 car, so you have that 32 connection. It's pretty cool to have the chance to bring it back this year. I know we'll have a lot of fun with it, and hope the fans enjoy it as well."
In a NSCS career that spanned 27 years, Earnhardt Sr. collected seven championships and 76 victories, along with 281 Top-5 finishes and 25,684 laps led. He also won four IROC championships and scored 21 victories in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.