DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The legendary No. 3 car with Dale Earnhardt Jr. behind the wheel will be returning to the historic high banks of Daytona International Speedway in the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, July 2.

On Thursday afternoon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. made the official announcement that he will drive a blue and yellow No. 3 Wrangler Chevrolet that his father, the late seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt Sr., made famous.

The entry of the No. 3 car in the 100-lap, 250-mile race is a joint effort between Richard Childress Racing, JR Motorsports, Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Wrangler and pays tribute to Earnhardt Sr.’s upcoming induction into the NASCAR Hall Of Fame.

The Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola is part of the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola and is scheduled to go green at 8 p.m.

“The No. 3 car has always been a favorite among our race fans here at Daytona,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig. “Having Dale Earnhardt Jr. competing at the ‘World Center of Racing’ with the storied No. 3 will be an exciting moment that all race fans will want to witness in person.”

Earnhardt Jr., the 2004 Daytona 500 champion and the 2010 Daytona 500 runner-up, last wheeled a No. 3 car at Daytona back in 2002 when he captured the 120-lap, 300-mile Nationwide Series season opener.

Earnhardt Sr. is Daytona International Speedway’s all-time winning driver with 34 victories and captured the 1998 Daytona 500 on his 20th attempt.

In addition to Earnhardt Jr.’s participation in a No. 3 car, the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola will also mark the first race with the new car for the Nationwide Series.

Tickets for the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola as well as the rest of the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola are available online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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