Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks about bringing back the No. 3 and returning to Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 04: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, looks on during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 4, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 04:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, looks on during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 4, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JULY 04: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, looks on during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 4, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The last time the NASCAR Sprint Cup series visited Daytona International Speedway was for the season opening Daytona 500 in February NASCAR’s most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second.

The series returns to DIS this week for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400. Earnhardt has one Daytona 500 win under his belt (2004) along with a single win in the summer race (2001). Thursday just prior to teams practicing for Saturday’s race , Earnhardt met with members of the media and talked about his strategies to win the Coke Zero 400, the possible return of his father’s iconic number 3 to the Sprint Cup series and more.

Below is the full transcript of that interview.  MORE>>>

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