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Austin Dillon (3) smolders as Justin Allgaier (31) and Brian Scott (2) spin out during the Nationwide race at Richmond International Raceway on Friday.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
RICHMOND - Nelson Piquet Jr. was involved in a post-race altercation that led to the arrest of two crew members for Richard Childress Racing, his team said Saturday.
Piquet and RCR driver Brian Scott tangled on the track during Friday night's Nationwide Series race and in the pits after.
Crews for both drivers confronted each other when Scott went over to Piquet's car, and Piquet shoved him and then kicked Scott in the groin.
"When I went to talk to him, he just pushed and shoved me and then kicked me below the belt," Scott said after the race. "It's just a chicken move."
Henrico County police said there was a fight in the motorhome lot later that led to the arrests of two crew members.
Michael Searce was arrested on two charges of misdemeanor assault, and Thomas Costello was arrested on one count of misdemeanor assault, police said. They were released early Saturday.
"Several members of another race team confronted a group that included Nelson Piquet Jr., resulting in the arrest of two individuals from the other race team," Turner Scott Motorsports said in a statement.
Team owner Richard Childress said his crew members were on their way home when the incident occurred.
"Our team members were walking to their cars and words were exchanged with members from another team, which led to an altercation," Childress said. "I am still learning all the exact details and, because it did happen outside of the track, and local authorities became involved. We are working with them to resolve this matter.
"We are now concentrating on winning the Sprint Cup race tonight."
NASCAR said it doesn't comment on ongoing police investigations, but officials were gathering information and would address the situation at a later date.
Toyota pulls 3 MWR engines as a precaution
A parts review by Toyota after Matt Kenseth's penalty led the manufacturer to pull three engines from Michael Waltrip Racing's inventory as a precautionary move.
All three engines recalled were earmarked for Clint Bowyer. One was for Saturday night's race at Richmond; the other two were for Talladega.
"We took every connecting rod in our inventory and removed anything that was too close for comfort," Toyota Racing Development vice president David Wilson told The Associated Press.
The review found that there was at least one connecting rod in each of the three Bowyer engines that left TRD uncomfortable in the wake of Kenseth's reprimand.
NASCAR found this week that one of the eight connecting rods in Kenseth's race-winning engine from Kansas did not meet the minimum weight requirement. The engines are made by TRD out of Costa Mesa, Calif., and then shipped to Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing in North Carolina.
The teams unpack the engines and install them in the cars, and have no access to the parts or pieces inside.
Still, NASCAR levied penalties against Kenseth and JGR that essentially stripped the team of everything but the trophy. Kenseth was docked 50 points, as well as the three bonus points he earned in Sunday's win. Crew chief Jason Ratcliff was fined $200,000 and suspended six races, and team owner Joe Gibbs had his license on the No. 20 Toyota suspended for six races.
Toyota shipped the connecting rod to TRD even though it was outside the tolerance the manufacturer allows on weight. It came with paperwork that clearly stated its weight, and that was missed by TRD employees.
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