Last week, Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon missed the inaugural road race at Daytona International Speedway after receiving a positive diagnosis for the Covid-19 virus. It was the first time Dillon did not drive the number three car since coming to the NASCAR Cup.
Dillon is only the second driver to have tested positive for the virus; Jimmie Johnson missed his first ever race after testing positive and missing the race at Indianapolis.
Like Johnson, Dillon will miss only one race due to the positive test. A new father with an infant son at home, Dillon has been medically cleared to take on Miles the Monster for a doubleheader weekend in Dover. Dillon had to test negative twice at least 24 hours apart and had to receive written permission to return from his personal physician.
The NASCAR rules state that a driver must compete in all of the races in order to be eligible for the playoffs; NASCAR has stated that Dillon will receive a waiver and be allowed to continue and make a run for the championship. Dillon will be one of the top 16 drivers making a run for the championship after winning the race in Texas.
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