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Two crewmen suspended after run-in

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NASCAR suspended two Richard Childress Racing crew members who were arrested and charged with assault after an alleged attack on driver Nelson Piquet Jr. after Friday night's Richmond Nationwide race.

Michael Scearce and Thomas Costello, part of driver Brian Scott's team, were suspended for four races each, fined $15,000 and placed on probation through the end of the season. NASCAR deemed their actions "detrimental to stock car racing."

Piquet and Scott tangled after the race on the track, slamming their cars into each other, and then went at each other in the pits. Piquet kicked Scott in the groin area. Later, Scearce and Costello confronted Piquet and a fight ensued outside the track before authorities intervened.

Scearce, a mechanic, faces two misdemeanor charges and Costello, an interior specialist, was charged with one count. They're scheduled to go to court on June 25.

Piquet, Scott and their crew chiefs, Chris Carrier and Phil Gould, were placed on probation until June 26 because of their actions on the track with their cars and not the physical altercation afterward.
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