Statements from Richard Childress and Henrico Police following incident at Richmond

Statement from Henrico Police:

“Henrico Police are investigating a verbal argument that started in the infield area of RIR that escalated into a physical altercation near the Driver/Owner Lot. The assault occurred at approximately 11:15 p.m. Two adult males are in custody as a result of the ongoing investigation. One of the two adult male victims has a shoulder injury.”

“As a result of their investigation, Henrico Police Officers made the following arrests;

Michael A. Scearce, 50 years old, of Mount Ulla, North Carolina, was charged with two counts of assault (misdemeanor charges).

Thomas F. Costello, 35 years old, of Kannapolis, North Carolina, was charged with one count of assault (a misdemeanor charge).

Mr. Scearce and Mr. Costello were charged and released during the early morning hours of Saturday, April 27, 2013.

A court date for both will be determined at a later time.”

Statement from Richard Childress Racing

“I didn’t witness what took place last night outside of the race track. Our team members were walking to their cars and words were exchanged with members from another team, which led to an altercation. I am still learning all the exact details and, because it did happen outside of the track, local authorities became involved. We are working with them to resolve this matter. We are now concentrating on winning the Sprint Cup race tonight.”

Statement from Turner Scott Motorsports

Turner Scott Motorsports can confirm that an incident occurred near the Driver/Owner parking lot of Richmond International Raceway following the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, April 26th. Several members of another race team confronted a group that included Nelson Piquet Jr., resulting in the arrest of two individuals from the other race team. TSM will have no further comment on the incident as the matter is an active case with the Henrico Police Department.