DOVER, DELAWARE - AUGUST 23: Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Dow/Behr Ultra Scuff Defense Chevrolet, walks the grid prior to  the NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway on August 23, 2020 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Austin Dillon Places Ninth at Dover International Speedway

Austin Dillon finished ninth in the Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday.

The top-10 finish for Dillon, his seventh of the year, added 29 points to his season total. He ranks 18th in the NASCAR Cup Series with 561 total points.

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Dillon started in sixth position. The 10th-year driver has earned three career victories, with 13 top-five finishes and 46 results inside the top 10.

The ninth-place result for Dillon was the second top-10 of his career at Dover International Speedway in 14 starts.

The Welcome, North Carolina native’s starting and finishing positions compared favorably to his career averages, starting 13 spots higher than his career mark of 19 and completing the race 11 places ahead of his 20 career average finish.

Dillon competed with 40 other drivers on the way to his ninth-place finish. The race endured seven cautions and 40 caution laps. Prior to the checkered flag there were 15 lead changes.