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Austin Dillon self-reported a optimistic COVID-19 take a look at to Richard Childress Racing on Saturday, a growth that may hold him out of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Sequence race on the Daytona Worldwide Speedway Highway Course.
Dillon, driver of the No. three Chevrolet, is self-quarantining, the staff stated. RCR has named Kaz Grala as his alternative this weekend for Sunday’s Go Bowling 235 (three p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM), the primary Cup Sequence race on the three.61-mile oval and road-course format.
Dillon’s spouse Whitney and son Ace stay wholesome and symptom-free, in line with a staff assertion.
Dillon could also be eligible to return to competitors if he receives two adverse COVID-19 take a look at outcomes, from checks taken at the very least 24 hours aside. He should additionally obtain written clearance to renew racing exercise from his private doctor. If Dillon is unable to provide two adverse checks throughout the 10-day interval for his preliminary optimistic take a look at, his return standing could also be reviewed by a NASCAR consulting doctor.
Dillon certified for the NASCAR Playoffs with a victory July 19 at Texas Motor Speedway. As soon as the staff requests it, Dillon will obtain a medical waiver to ease the requirement that he compete in each race to retain his postseason eligibility.
Dillon, the grandson of staff proprietor Richard Childress, is presently in his seventh full season of Cup Sequence competitors. The 30-year-old driver has three premier-series wins, together with the 2017 Coca-Cola 600 and the 2018 Daytona 500 and has received championships within the Xfinity Sequence (2013) and Gander Vehicles (2011).
“RCR takes the protection of our workers, fellow rivals, followers, companions and out of doors distributors critically,” the staff stated in an announcement. “Primarily based upon suggestions outlined by The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC), NASCAR and our well being companions at Wake-Forest Baptist Well being, RCR has enacted procedures and security protocols designed to reduce the chance of COVID-19 publicity and unfold. These pointers had been developed in shut session with a panel of medical consultants with broad expertise in infectious illnesses, lots of whom have been on the entrance line in treating COVID-19 sufferers throughout the nation. We’ll proceed to stick to those pointers in an effort to defend the well being and security of our workers and their households, and our enterprise companions.”