NASCAR Penalizes Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears

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Following their post-race scuffle at Richmond International Raceway, both Casey Mears and Marcos Ambrose were penalized.

Ambrose was fined $25,000 and placed on probation till May 28th, while Mears was fined $15,000 and placed on probation till May 28th. Per NASCAR, both drivers 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) per the rulebook.

The pair made contact on track while racing for the 19th position, and as a result, confronted each other post-race. Things got heated as Mears gave Ambrose a shove, before Ambrose landed a punch to Mears.

Looking back on the weekend, some people believed that Ambrose would be suspended as Jimmy Spencer was when he punched Kurt Busch at Indianapolis before. However, NASCAR has since begun penalizing less and less for driver confrontations as part of their ‘boys, have at it’ policy. With only minimal fines compared to what could’ve been handed down, you may see more drivers take out their anger.

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Joining mid-2013 season, Ashley McCubbin is now the Managing Editor and contributes to each racing division as needed. Since studying journalism at the University of Guelph-Humber, Ashley has published articles on a couple of different websites, while serving as a public relations representative for different short track teams. Born in North York, Ontario, Ashley currently lives in Bradford, Ontario and spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area. She has spent her entire life at the short track level, falling in love with the sport at the age of five. Beyond her love of short track racing, she also has grown an interest for both NASCAR and the IndyCar Racing Series. She also enjoys taking photos and working on websites, while playing a couple rounds of Candy Crush afterwards.

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