Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears have been penalized after NASCAR officials have found them to be in violation of 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 outline in the 2014 NASCAR rule book. These rules were violated after an altercation after the Toyota Care 400 at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night.
Ambrose, driver of the No. 9 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports, and Mears, driver of the No. 13 Chevrolet for Germain Racing, had been racing hard toward the end of the race and they finished 18th and 19th respectively. That hard racing turned into a heated conversation in the garage area. Mears reportedly shoved Ambrose and Ambrose responded by hitting Mears in the face.
NASCAR has fined Marcos Ambrose $25,000 and placed him on NASCAR probation until May 28. Casey Mears has been fined $15,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until May 28.