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.
UPDATE: The INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is under a red-flag race stoppage after 19 laps due to rain and puddling on the racing surface at Barber Motorsports Park.
Cleaners and dryers are on the track to try and get some of the water off the racing surface. The low spots on the track, as well as the front stretch, have been particularly troublesome and led to several spinouts and at least two wrecks (Charlie Kimball and outside front pole sitter Will Power).
Power’s day is done after suffering irreparable damage to the left side of his car after hydroplaning on the front straight and running into the inside retaining wall.
ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWS:
Although rain has been falling for nearly an hour and the Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile permanent road course is drenched, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is underway on NBCSN.
The start of the race was moved up from 3:38 p.m. ET to take the green flag at 3:08 p.m. ET.
Josef Newgarden is the defending winner of this race and also will start from the pole for today’s race.
While the race is scheduled for 90 laps, there’s a possibility that if the weather worsens or if lightning appears, it could potentially be shortened to just two hours.
As can be expected, all cars are on rain tires to maximize grip.
Catch the race live on NBCSN.