Casey Mears and Marcos Ambrose fined and put on probation for post-Richmond fight

NASCAR fined Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears for their roles in a post-race fight Saturday night at Richmond.

"Ambrose, driver of the No. 9 car, and Mears, driver of the No. 13 car, were found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing), and 12-4.9 (Behavioral Penalty; involved in an altercation in the garage area after the race) as outlined in the 2014 NASCAR rule book," NASCAR's penalty statement said. "As a result, Ambrose has been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until May 28, while Mears has been fined $15,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until May 28."

Ambrose and Mears were discussing what took place on the track in the garage when Mears grabbed Ambrose and pushed him away from where the two were standing. Ambrose then punched Mears in the head before they were separated.

A crew member can be seen throwing a punch towards Ambrose as he's being taken away from Mears, but the two drivers were the only two people named in NASCAR's penalty release. Ambrose confirmed the punch thrown by the crew member didn't land.

Shortly after the announcement, Richard Petty Motorsports released a statement saying Ambrose wouldn't appeal the penalty.

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