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Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears Fined and Placed on Probation Following Incident at Richmond

April 29th, 2014 at 7:24 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

It's been the talk of NASCAR in the days following the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway and today NASCAR ruled on the fight between Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears following Saturday night's race. 

NASCAR has fined both drivers and placed them on probation until May 28th. Ambrose has received a $25,000 fine, while Mears received a $15,000 fine after the governing body ruled the drivers violated sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing), and 12-4.9 (Behavioral Penalty; involved in an altercation in the garage area after the race) as outlined in the 2014 NASCAR rule book. 

'Marcos Ambrose' photo (c) 2013, Raniel Diaz - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

It was also discovered that there was an outside party involved in the incident. However, after further review and a discussion with Ambrose it was determined that no punch was actually landed and therefore no penalty was issued to the third party who has not been named.

The incident occurred back in the garage area of Richmond International Raceway shortly after Ambrose finished 18th and Mears 19th. FOX cameras caught the two in a heated discussion and then Mears seemed to grabbed onto Ambrose and move him to the side. Ambrose responded with a punch to Mears' left side of his face. Then others got involved to break to the two up. 

Richard Petty Motorsports released a statement saying that Ambrose will not appeal his penalty. No word on what Germain Racing, the organization Mears drives for, will do.

After nine races in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season Marcos Ambrose is 16th in the driver standings and Casey Mears is 23rd.

Tags: Casey Mears, Marcos Ambrose, Motorsports, NASCAR, richmond international raceway, Toyota Owners 400

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