User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Crew members suspended for post-race fight

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR has suspended the two Richard Childress Racing crew members arrested for fighting with Nelson Piquet Jr. at Richmond.

Advertisement
Thomas Costello and Michael Searce were both suspended for four Nationwide Series races and fined $15,000 each. They were also placed on probation until the end of the year for the altercation in the motorhome lot after Friday night's race.

Henrico County police charged Searce with two counts of misdemeanor assault, and Costello with one count of misdemeanor assault. NASCAR cited ``actions detrimental to stock car racing. Involved in an altercation with another competitor after the race had concluded,'' as reason for their punishment.

The altercation happened long after Scott and Piquet tangled on the track and then on pit road after the race. Scott approached Piquet, and Piquet shoved him and kicked Scott in the groin.

Piquet tweeted on Saturday night a friend of his hurt his shoulder in the fight with the RCR crew members, whom team owner Richard Childress claimed ``were walking to their cars and words were exchanged with members from another team, which led to an altercation.''

Piquet also made light of kicking Scott.

``Afterwards on pit road, my first reaction was to defend myself. I had no intent to break the code,'' he posted on Twitter. ``With that kick, no wonder I race cars and not play soccer. I look forward to moving on and racing again.''

Piquet and Scott are on probation, until June 26, for slamming their cars into each other on the track. Also on probation are Piquet crew chief Chris Carrier and Scott crew chief Phil Gould.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
JJ says Harvick was correct winner
Johnson gives $556,623 to 12 schools
Stenhouse crew chief fined by NASCAR
Hendrick gives Kahne 3-year extension
4-time champion Vettel replaces Alonso
Hamilton-Rosberg duel set for Abu Dhabi
9-time Le Mans champ Kristensen to retire
Earnhardt wants more success in 2015
Kurt Busch meets with investigators
MORE HEADLINES
 
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy NFL Perfect Lineup Contest