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NASCAR driver Austin Dillon tests positive for Covid-19 before Daytona road race

Austin Dillon will miss Sunday’s GoBowling 235 after testing positive for Covid-19. We break down what it means, including the driver that will replace him.

Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevrolet, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 09, 2020 in Brooklyn, Michigan. Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

NASCAR driver Austin Dillon was set to start 10th in this weekend’s GoBowling 235, but he has withdrawn after testing positive for Covid-19, per Richard Childress Racing. Kaz Grala will race in his place in the No. 3 car.

Dillon did not have particularly great odds coming into this race. He was +20000 to win, which was 24th among all drivers. He was +4000 to finish in the top three and +400 to finish in the top ten. His DFS salary for the race was $6,800.

In 14 career road races, Dillon had never finished higher than 16th and had never led a lap. Heading into this race, Dillon ranked 17th in points on the circuit this season, and was 9th in the projected playoff rankings. He will self-quarantine, and his status for next week’s schedule at Dover is uncertain.