Dale Earnhardt did drive a #8 Goodwrench Nova from 1986-1988 in the Busch Grand National Series.... now Nationwide Series....
Dale Sr. was driving the black #3 GM Goodwrench car when he died on February 18, 2001.
Dale Sr's GM Goodwrench black number 3 car made its debut at Daytona International Speedway, for the 1988 Daytona 500.
Dale Earnhardt Sr. drove the black #3 GM Goodwrench car from 1988 up until his death in the 2001 Daytona 500.
Currently, there are no plans for either Dale Jr. or RCR to bring the black #3 GM Goodwrench Chevy back to the race track. Dale Jr. just won the Nationwide Series race at Daytona this year on July 2, driving the #3 Wrangler car in honor of his Dad. Bittersweet victory.
Dale Sr. had several car numbers during his Cup Series career, including the #2 and #15. But he is most remembered for driving the black #3 GM Goodwrench car. Dale also drove the #3 car with Wrangler Jeans sponsorship earlier in his career.
The ignition timing is set on a GM Goodwrench 350 engine by bringing the number one piston to top dead center. The distributor rotor is then pointed to the number one piston, a timing light connected, and the rotor turned until the correct timing is reached.