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FURTHER UPDATED: Two RCR team members arrested following fight after #NASCAR race at Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. – Two employees of Richard Childress Racing were arrested and charged with assault following a fight near the driver/owner motorhome lot late Friday night at Richmond International Raceway.
Henrico Police on Saturday confirmed they charged Michael A. Scearce, 50, of Mount Ulla, N.C., with two counts of misdemeanor assault and Thomas F. Costello, 35, of Kannapolis, N.C., with one count.
Both were charged and released early Saturday morning. A court date for both has yet to be scheduled.
Scearce and Costello were involved in a verbal argument in the infield that escalated into a physical confrontation near the driver/owner lot following Friday night’s Nationwide Series race at the track, police said.
Sources said the two RCR team members confronted Nationwide driver Nelson Piquet Jr. and another man. Police said the assault
occurred at approximately 11:15 p.m. ET
Piquet was not injured. The other man received a shoulder injury.
RCR issued the following statement early Saturday morning:
“We are aware an incident took place outside of the track's infield following Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway involving members of our team; and others from another team. We are cooperating with the local authorities in this matter.”
NASCAR does not comment on police investigations. A spokesperson said NASCAR was still gathering facts about what happened Friday night and will address it once it has all relevant information.
The incident appears tied to a confrontation on pit road following Friday night's race between Piquet and Brian Scott, who drives for RCR.
The two drivers had made contact during the race on the track and hit each other on pit road after the race was over. Scott walked over to confront Piquet near his car on pit road and video replays showed Piquet kicked Scott below the belt. The drivers and their respective crews then had to be separated by officials.
Both drivers were called to the NASCAR hauler after the race.
“I guess that just shows his character to hit somebody below the belt,” Scott said after the race.
“More than anything it's just an accumulation of a lot of racing together and him always racing me dirty.”
The two drivers apparently had a disagreement during earlier this month at Martinsville, Va.
“We both just got frustrated with each other and, you know, things happened,” Piquet said. “We both got angry.”