Two of the more low-key personalities in the Sprint Cup garage wound up making headlines following the conclusion of tonight’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
While Brad Keselowski was angrily wagging his finger at Matt Kenseth for what he saw as dangerous racing in the closing laps, Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears were having a dust-up in the garage that would end with Ambrose punching Mears in the head after the American grabbed and shoved him.
The two were broken up by their respective crews after Ambrose took a swing at Mears.
Mears has since alluded to it slightly on his @CJMearsGang Twitter account:
As for the matter of potential punishment, NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton appeared to indicate that a review would be coming.
Ambrose and Mears finished 18th and 19th in tonight’s race.
RIR is no stranger to physical altercations after the checkered flag.
After last spring’s Nationwide Series race there, Nelson Piquet Jr. kicked Brian Scott below the belt after the two raced hard for position in the closing laps.
Later that night, crewmen from Scott’s Richard Childress Racing team got into an altercation in an RIR parking lot with Piquet and several others. Two of the RCR crewmen were were arrested for their roles in the incident.