Austin Dillon stated Thursday on social media that he has been cleared to race in this weekend’s Cup races at Dover International Speedway after testing positive for the coronavirus last week. The team also confirmed that Dillon has been cleared.
The positive test forced Dillon to miss last weekend’s race at the Daytona road course. Kaz Grala finished seventh in place of Dillon.
Dillon had two negative tests more than 24 hours apart, the team confirmed.
Dillon is the third Cup driver to test positive for COVID-19 this season. Jimmie Johnson missed the July 5 Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after testing positive. He returned the following weekend at Kentucky.
Brendan Gaughan, who is running a limited Cup schedule, tested positive in July. He competed in last weekend’s Cup race at Daytona.
In the Truck Series, Spencer Davis missed the Michigan race in August after testing positive. He was cleared to return for the following race on the Daytona road course.
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— Austin Dillon (@austindillon3) August 20, 2020