Saturday, April 27, 2013

RCR Crewmen Arrested After Post-Race Scuffles

The pit road fracas was quickly quelled
Two members of the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series team were arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault in the aftermath of a pair of skirmishes following last night’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway. 

RCR driver Brian Scott collided with Nelson Piquet, Jr. on the final lap of the race, and the pair tangled again on the cool-down lap. Words were exchanged on pit road following the race, and Piquet appeared to kick Scott during a shoving match that eventually involved multiple members of both teams.
Sources say the teams exchanged words again while exiting the track shortly afterward, with an altercation taking place near the track’s driver/owner motorhome lot. Piquet was reportedly presented at the start of the incident, but left the scene quickly. 
RCR crewman Michael Searce was charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault by Henrico County (VA) police, with fellow crewmember Thomas Costello booked on a single count of misdemeanor assault. Both men were released early Saturday morning.
Team owner Richard Childress issued a written statement commenting on the arrest today, saying, “I didn’t witness what took place last night outside of the race track. Our team members were walking to their cars, and words were exchanged with members from another team, which led to an altercation. I am still learning all the exact details and, because it did happen outside of the track, local authorities became involved. We are working with them to resolve this matter. We are now concentrating on winning the Sprint Cup race tonight.”

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