A scuffle occurred on pit road after RCR driver Brian Scott tangled with Nelson Piquet, Jr. on the final lap of the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Their cars made contact again on the cool-down lap, and words were exchanged on pit road following the race. Piquet appeared to kick Scott during a shoving match involving members of both teams, before NASCAR officials were able to restore order.
Sources familiar with the investigation say two members of Scott’s team, Michael Searce and Thomas Costello, waited for Piquet outside the track’s access tunnel and confronted him again after the race, with a number of punches thrown. Piquet was able to escape the attack, but an unidentified Brazilian photographer assigned to cover the Turner Scott Motorsports driver was reportedly knocked to the ground and kicked repeatedly, causing injuries that required him to be hospitalized until Sunday morning.
Police were called to the scene, and Searce was charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault. Costello was booked on a single count of misdemeanor assault. Both men were released early Saturday morning.