Ambrose, Mears Incident Being Investigated

Casey Mears

NASCAR will investigate a post-race incident that resulted in both Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears (pictured) being punched. (Photo: Getty Images)

RICHMOND, Va. - NASCAR will investigate a post-race incident that resulted in both Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears being punched, but Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president of competition, said “we don’t think it was anything too severe.’’

FOX caught the incident after Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. The network’s video shows Ambrose and Mears talking to each other when Mears shoves Ambrose. Ambrose responds with a right cross to the left side of Mears’ head. Ambrose is pulled away while Mears pursues. Then Ambrose is sucker-punched by someone else.

Pemberton said that series officials did not meet with either driver after the race. Series officials met with Ambrose’s crew chief, Drew Blickensderfer, and Sammy Johns, director of competition at Richard Petty Motorsports. Pemberton said officials watched footage of the incident.

Pemberton said they would continue to investigate the situation. He was unaware of anything on the track that would have precipitated the confrontation. Ambrose finished 18th. Mears was 19th.

“We’ll get all the footage that we can and look at it and see what happens from there,’’ Pemberton said. “We’ve got to take our time and do everything. Sometimes there’s things for us to look at that we don’t have available right now, so to make any kind of statement or call on it (at this point), we’d be wasting everybody’s time.’’

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