Mears Discusses Incident With Ambrose

Casey Mears

Casey Mears said he and Marcos Ambrose talked Tuesday about their confrontation at Richmond. (Photo: Getty Images)

Casey Mears said on Fox Sports 1‘s “NASCAR Race Hub” that he and Marcos Ambrose had a “really good conversation” Monday about their confrontation after Saturday night’s race at Richmond International Raceway.

Ambrose finished 18th with Mears 19th. After the race, they had a conversation in the garage. Mears then shoved Ambrose, who retaliated by punching Mears. Ambrose was later struck by someone else.

NASCAR is investigating the incident. Any penalties likely will be announced Tuesday.

What caused the confrontation?

“It was  a few things on the track,’’ Mears said on the show without being specific.   “At the end of the day, none of that should ever happen, but in the heat of the moment when you get out of your racecar and it just happened to you some stuff that you didn’t like, we started going at each other. Before we knew it, it escalated really quickly. For a moment there, I kind of wanted to hit him, but I thought I can’t do that. So I grabbed him.’’

Mears was asked on the show if things were OK with Ambrose.

“I think so, for the most part, (but) you never forget getting hit,’’ Mears said.

Mears also was asked on “NASCAR Race Hub” if he expected any penalties. He said he was unsure and hoped NASCAR’s action would provide guidance.

“I don’t know how to distinguish what I’m able to do next time,’’ Mears said. “Professionally, I want to know where that line is. It’s hard to say what (NASCAR) will do.’’ 

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