NASCAR: Piquet Jr., Scott Altercation Leads to Crew Men Arrests
Richmond International Raceway has always been known to get drivers hot under the collar, but have we ever seen this?
Following Friday night's ToyotaCare 250, an incident occurred on pit road involving Turner Scott Motorsports' Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Richard Childress Racing's Brian Scott, which ended with Piquet, Jr. kicking Scott in the family jewels and crew members being arrested.
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"I went to talk to him," Scott, who finished 20th, said after the race. "I was a little heated, and then he kicks me right below the belt, which I think is a below-the-belt type shot... That just shows his character."
"We have a history," Scott continued, referencing the pair's hard racing dating back to a truck race in Martinsville. "He doesn't like me for whatever reason."
Scott and Piquet, Jr. had been racing each other hard on Friday night, resulting in contact. Piquet, Jr. went on to finish 14th.
"When you get a temper at the end of the race, everybody is tired and frustrated and you do things you didn't mean too," former Formula One driver Piquet, Jr. explained.
NASCAR, who met with both drivers after the incident, announced that Piquet, Jr. would not face penalties.
The drivers weren't the only ones getting aggressive, with their respective pit crews nearly coming to blows on pit road. Events escalated in the motorhome lot later, with two of Scott's crew members being taken into custody, one of them also having what was described as "a shoulder injury." Neither Henrico Police nor RIR would comment further.
Richard Childress Racing said in a statement: "We are aware an incident took place outside of the track's infield following Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway involving members of our team; and others from another team. We are cooperating with the local authorities in this matter."
On Saturday morning, Henrico Police released the names of the two RCR crew members who were taken into custody as Thomas Costello and Mike Scearce.
Thanks to NASCAR on ESPN, Sporting News, Racing Reference, SPEED, Yahoo Sports and USA Today for the quotes, statistics and information used for this piece.