NASCAR pit fight leaves 2 crew members from NC arrested

Thomas F. Costello, 35, of Kannapolis, N. C., and Michael A. Scearce, 50, of Mount Ulla, N.C.

Thomas F. Costello, 35, of Kannapolis, N. C., and Michael A. Scearce, 50, of Mount Ulla, N.C.

RICHMOND, Va. — Police said two Richard Childress Racing crew members were arrested after a fight in the motorhome lot at Richmond International Raceway.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Michael A. Scearce, 50, of Mount Ulla, N.C., and Thomas F. Costello, 35, of Kannapolis, N. C., were charged in the incident.

Henrico County police said Searce was arrested on two charges of misdemeanor assault and Costello on one count of misdemeanor assault. Both were released early Saturday.

Police said both are crew members for RCR driver Brian Scott’s Nationwide Series team. They said the fight happened after Friday night’s Nationwide Series race.

Scott and rival driver Nelson Piquet Jr. had tangled on the track and in the pits after.

Police said crews for both drivers confronted each other after the race when Scott went over to Piquet’s car. They said Piquet shoved him and then kicked Scott in the groin.

The fight that led to the arrests occurred after the drivers had returned to their motorhomes.

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