NASCAR: Fence climber at Richmond regular season finale going to prison


A 53-year-old man that climbed the catch fence during September’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season finale at Richmond International Raceway has been sentenced to one year in prison with all but one month suspended.

NBC 12 in Richmond is reporting that a judge found Hopewell, Virginia resident James Dennis guilty of being drunk in public and disorderly conduct. In addition to the prison sentence, Dennis has also been ordered to pay a $100 fine for each of the counts.

In the late running of the Federated Auto Parts 400, Dennis scaled the fence in Turn 4 while the nearest security guard was responding to a fight. Once he reached the top, he then sat down on his perch over the track.

NASCAR officials called a caution due to the situation, which ended with Henrico County (Va.) police successfully persuading Dennis to climb down the fence.

A lieutenant with the police department later said that Dennis told officers it was his birthday and that he wanted to be on national television.

Dennis later apologized for the incident, saying that he was “deeply in regret” over his actions.

He also mentioned that he made the climb up the fence in hopes of getting a picture of his favorite driver, Kevin Harvick, but he never got it since he had forgot his phone.

The incident was heavily documented on Twitter and YouTube by fans attending the race that evening, and drivers such as Harvick and Denny Hamlin discussed the matter in the post-race presser.

RIR said afterwards that it would review its track safety procedures with NASCAR and local police.

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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