NASCAR announced on Tuesday that it has penalized NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears for an altercation between the two drivers Saturday night, following the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
Ambrose, driver of the No. 9 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports, was fined $25,000 and Mears, driver of the No. 13 Chevrolet for Germain Racing, was docked $15,000. Both drivers were placed on probation until May 28.
After the race, Mears greabbed Ambrose, and Ambrose retaliated by punching Mears in the face. In its penalty announcement, NASCAR declared that both drivers were in violation of 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) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book.
Right after NASCAR’s penalty announcement, Richard Petty Motorsports released a statement that said, Ambrose will not appeal.
Ambrose finished 18th and Mears 19th in the Richmond race that was won by Joey Logano. After the race, Ambrose and Mears engaged in a heated discussion about on-track contact between the two drivers, Mears grabbed Ambrose and appeared to try to push him over. then, Ambrose threw a punch that made contact with the side of Mears’ head, knocking Mears’ cap off. Then, crews from both teams got involved.
Soon after the incident, NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton said that the sanctioning body would investigate but that it didn’t seem too severe. Afterward, NASCAR viewed video footage of the fight as part of its investigation.