NASCAR Penalizes Ambrose, Mears

Marcos Ambrose

NASCAR finded Marcos Ambrose $25,000 and placed him on probation until May 28 for his post-race incident with Casey Mears. (Photo: Getty Images)

NASCAR fined Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears and placed both on probation for their altercation after last weekend’s race at Richmond International Raceway.

NASCAR fined Ambrose $25,000 and placed him on probation until May 28. NASCAR fined Mears $15,000 and placed him on probation until May 28.

The incident started after both were in the garage. Fox’s video shows them talking before Mears shoves Ambrose, who responded by punching Mears. They were separated. 

The video appeared to show another person striking Ambrose in the incident. NASCAR reviewed that, spoke to Ambrose and he confirmed that no punch was landed, thus no penalty was issued for that part of the altercation.

Mears spoke about the incident Monday on “NASCAR Race Hub” on Fox Sports 1. Asked what caused the altercation, Mears, without being specific, said: “It was a few things on the track. 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.

Ambrose has not spoken publicly about the incident. Richard Petty Motorsports issued a statement that Ambrose would not appeal the penalties.

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