Should NASCAR Retire Car Numbers to Honor Its All-Time Greats?

There are 17 comments on the BleacherReport story from Dec 14, 2013, titled Should NASCAR Retire Car Numbers to Honor Its All-Time Greats?. In it, BleacherReport reports that:

Should the 48 of Jimmie Johnson and 24 of Jeff Gordon be retired, along with Richard Petty's 43 and the late Dale Earnhardt's 3? Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images For a player to have his number retired after a standout career is homage to the greatness and accomplishments that an athlete achieved while wearing that number in his career.

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Lola24

Sebastian, FL

#1 Dec 16, 2013
YES YES YES! Those numbers should be retired just like they are in all other sports, as a tribute to the greatest drivers and sportsman that ever lived.
Norm

Greensburg, IN

#2 Dec 17, 2013
No they should not retire the numbers, if they do it wont take long to have a three digit number on the car. the rule was, is and shall always be no more than two digits. Drivers should be remembered by their skill, who they was or are, not by their sponsor or number. Just as in RCR bringing back the number 3, I was a huge fan of Dale Earnhardt, but Richard himself drove that number before Dale took it over and became famous. I think its great that Richards grandson wants to drive that number because it was his grandfather number and also was drove by(any of these do you remember)Buddy Baker, Junior Johnson, Ricky Rudd. Dont retire numbers its just a number, always remember that your driver drove that number. Remember the driver.
When football retires a number why is it just that team and not all teams?
just a thought.
Snow

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Dec 17, 2013
Lola24 wrote:
YES YES YES! Those numbers should be retired just like they are in all other sports, as a tribute to the greatest drivers and sportsman that ever lived.
No I don't think they need to be retired.
Lola24

Sebastian, FL

#4 Dec 17, 2013
Norm wrote:
No they should not retire the numbers, if they do it wont take long to have a three digit number on the car. the rule was, is and shall always be no more than two digits. Drivers should be remembered by their skill, who they was or are, not by their sponsor or number. Just as in RCR bringing back the number 3, I was a huge fan of Dale Earnhardt, but Richard himself drove that number before Dale took it over and became famous. I think its great that Richards grandson wants to drive that number because it was his grandfather number and also was drove by(any of these do you remember)Buddy Baker, Junior Johnson, Ricky Rudd. Dont retire numbers its just a number, always remember that your driver drove that number. Remember the driver.
When football retires a number why is it just that team and not all teams?
just a thought.
Childress owns the number, but Dale Earnhardt "OWNED" that number...
WDE46

White, GA

#5 Dec 17, 2013
Lola24 wrote:
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Childress owns the number, but Dale Earnhardt "OWNED" that number...
And before that Junior Johnson "OWNED" it
WWE CRASHCAR 2013

Florham Park, NJ

#6 Dec 17, 2013
Lola24 wrote:
<quoted text>
Childress owns the number, but Dale Earnhardt "OWNED" that number...
Wrong, if NASCAR and/or Earnhardt worshippers want the number retired they should pay Childress big bucks for it!
Ted

Phoenix, AZ

#7 Dec 17, 2013
Lola24 wrote:
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Childress owns the number, but Dale Earnhardt "OWNED" that number...
Childress does NOT own the number All numbers are owned by NASCAR
recurvebow33

Liverpool, NY

#8 Dec 18, 2013
I feel nascar should not retire numbers. to much contrivercy, the rule have be the same for every one. some are great from past times, some are great in this age of racing. but it is not all the driver, if the gas man fails his job . the can't make it. the team need to be remebered. number 3 ya dale sr. but 3 I think of the big guy Chocolate myers. numbers should not be retired

“IN GOD WE TRUST”

Since: Jun 07

Raleigh

#9 Dec 18, 2013
Ted wrote:
<quoted text> Childress does NOT own the number All numbers are owned by NASCAR
You're absolutely right, Ted. NASCAR owns the numbers and leases them to a team owned one year at a time. Whenever an owner gets a number, he has first rights to the number each following year as long as he pays the fee. Richard Childress has paid the fee and held on to the "3" every year since Dale died. No, numbers should not be retired because of who drove a car with that number.
WWE CRASHCAR 2013

Trumbull, CT

#10 Dec 19, 2013
Why is NASCAR so obsessed with car numbers?
Snow

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Dec 19, 2013
WWE CRASHCAR 2013 wrote:
Why is NASCAR so obsessed with car numbers?
I don't believe they are obsessed they just make sure the people pay each year for the number. No pay no holding the number .

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#12 Dec 27, 2013
What would the requirement be for "retiring" a number?

Race wins?
Championships?
If so, How many is required? Can we retire paint schemes and sponsors too?

A number is just a number. There are only 109 numbers to use and 43 racers to use them.

Since: May 12

Location hidden

#13 Dec 27, 2013
No..nuf said
Ginridge

Macomb, IL

#14 Dec 28, 2013
Richie Evan's #61 has already been retired in the NASCAR Modified series.

Since: Sep 12

Jackson

#15 Dec 28, 2013
Norm wrote:
No they should not retire the numbers, if they do it wont take long to have a three digit number on the car. the rule was, is and shall always be no more than two digits.
This covers it. The topic ends with that. Simple logic trumps all opinions and feelings.
ThomasA

Birmingham, AL

#16 Jan 4, 2014
A number is a number. A paint scheme is a paint scheme. SO WHAT???? Driving with a well remembered number is like being a size ten foot trying to fill a size thirteen shoe! You cheered for it before , cheer for it again! Cherish the memories that number brought you, close your eyes and think about what you saw , who was driving, where you were, and why you favored this car,....... but MOVE ON!!
Rolando

Fort Myers, FL

#19 Feb 23, 2014
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Just another spoiled rich kid who would not be in the position he is in if it weren’t for his grandfather. A midget in a black cowboy hat is an embarrassing substitute for Dale Ernhardt. He should not have been allowed to bring back the number 3 to Nascar.

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