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Two RCR crew members arrested for assault

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Two Richard Childress Racing crew members were arrested Friday night on misdemeanor assault charges at Richmond International Raceway, USA Today reported.

Michael A. Scearce, 50, and Thomas F. Costello, 35, were taken into custody after a postrace altercation incident resumed in the driver/owner motorhome lot about 11:15 p.m.

One of the two male victims was injured in the assault.

Scearce and Costello are both part RCR's No. 2 team.

Brian Scott, driver of the No. 2 car, was kicked in the groin by driver Nelson Piquet Jr. after the Nationwide Series race. The crews also brawled on pit road.

Scearce, listed on the team's website as a mechanic, was charged on two counts of assault. Costello, an interior specialist, was charged with one count of assault. They were then released Saturday morning, according to Henrico County (Va.) police. A court date has not yet been determined.

"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," RCR director of communications Tim Packman said. "We are cooperating with the local authorities in this matter."

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