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Nationwide teams hit by penalties, suspensions

RCR's Michael Scearce and Thomas Costello were arrested by local police and charged with misdemeanour assault offences. They were booked overnight and released on their own recognisance early the following morning, and have a June 25 court date. No one from the Turner team was arrested.

"We are aware an incident took place outside of the track's infield following Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway involving members of our team and others from another team," said a team statement from RCR at the weekend. "We are cooperating with the local authorities in this matter."

NASCAR made no official statement about the police investigation into the matter, but on Wednesday handed down punishments to both men for their actions: they have been suspended for four races, each fined $15,000 and put on probation through the end of the year.

RCR said later that it would be appealing the suspensions.



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