Austin Dillon to start at the rear of field at Atlanta

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Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon will start at the rear of the field after a rear gear change in the No. 3 Chevrolet for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (1 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), a NASCAR spokesperson confirmed.

Dillon had qualified 25th for the race at the 1.54-mile track in Hampton, Georgia. In five starts at Atlanta, Dillon has an average finish of 25.0 with a best finish of 11th-place in the 2016 race.

It’s been a jammed packed week for the 27-year-old with a slew media appearances following his victory in the iconic No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet at “The World Center of Racing.” The win came 20 years after NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt won his only Daytona 500 in the No. 3 car for RCR.

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In other competition news for the Atlanta race, NASCAR announced that there will be a competition caution at Lap 30 during Sunday’s drivers’ meeting.