- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 27, 2014

An altercation between NASCAR drivers Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears quickly came to blows Saturday night after the Toyota Owners 400.

Ambrose, who finished 18th, and Mears, who finished 19th, were involved in a heated exchange a few minutes after the race at Richmond International Raceway.

Video shows Mears shoving his opponent, who then reacted by punching Mears in the face. Crew members quickly jumped in and broke up the fight as the two continued to argue.

NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said officials were investigating the video and will determine if any possible penalties are warranted, USA Today reported.

“We’re looking at the video,” he said. “It doesn’t seem to be much. We’ll take a look Monday and Tuesday.

“We don’t think it was anything too severe. We’ll get all the footage we can and look at it and see what happens from there.”

Pemberton said there is no indication as to how or why the fight started.

Neither of the men nor any of their team principals would discuss the incident, USA Today said.

Mears tweeted Saturday night after the race: “Had a good car tonight. Proud of the @GEICORacing team. Interesting end to the night. #13”

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