RICHMOND — Two crew members on the
They were involved in an altercation in the track's driver/owner motorhome area shortly after Scott and Turner Scott Motorsports driver
According to Henrico County police, the incident began with a verbal argument on the track at RIR and escalated into a physical altercation at about 11:15 p.m. One of two adult male victims, neither of whom were named by Henrico police, suffered a shoulder injury.
The RCR crew members arrested are Michael A. Scearce, 50, of Mount Ulla, N.C. and Thomas F. Costello, 35, of Kannapolis, N.C., famous as the hometown of the late Dale Earnhardt. Scearce was charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault, while Costello was charged with one count of misdemeanor assault.
Turner Scott Motorsports released a statement Saturday indicating the two crew members confronted Piquet. It read in part: "Several members of another race team confronted a group that included Nelson Piquet Jr., resulting in the arrest of two individuals from the other race team."
Tensions began when Piquet ran RCR driver Scott into the wall late in the 250-lap race, then spun him out afterward. The two have a history of on-track contact, but their animosity spilled into the pits when Scott confronted Piquet afterward.
Piquet pushed Scott away and his kick appeared to land in Scott's groin area.
"He's always raced us dirty," Scott said. "Nelson decided for 15th place he was going to move me, and ran us up into the wall and did more damage than was already there.
"I was just showing my displeasure after the race and then things escalated and he kicked me below the belt."
After describing incidents between the two at
Piquet finished 14th in the race and Scott 20th.
RCR team owner Richard Childress said in a statement:
"I didn't witness what took place last night outside of the race track. Our team members were walking to their cars and words were exchanged with members from another team, which led to an altercation.
"I am still learning all the exact details and, because it did happen outside of the track, local authorities became involved. We are working with them to resolve this matter. We are now concentrating on winning the Sprint Cup race (in Richmond)."
KAHNE FINE WITHOUT WIN
"From what I've read it seems like a mistake, and it also seems like something that would make zero factor in speed," Kasey Kahne said of Kenseth's engine."To me, I don't feel like they're cheating in any way.
"I don't think that's what you can even call it. To me it was more like a mistake."
EDWARDS DOESN'T WANT POLE
Helton's return text: "LOL (laugh out loud)."
In truth, Edwards isn't looking for that pole, and appears supportive of former teammate Kenseth.