2 RCR crew members suspended after Richmond incident

Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013

Two team members of Richard Childress Racing, who were charged with assault early Saturday after a postrace incident at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, have been suspended by NASCAR.

Thomas Costello and Michael Scearce, who work for RCR’s No. 2 Nationwide Series team, each have been fined $15,000 and suspended for the next four races. Both also have been placed on probation until Dec. 31.

Henrico County (Va.) Police charged Scearce with two counts of misdemeanor assault and Costello with a single count of misdemeanor assault following a physical altercation near the track’s driver/owner motorhome lot.

The crew members face a June 25 court date in Richmond.

Sources said Costello and Scearce engaged in a physical altercation with Nationwide driver Nelson Piquet Jr. and another member of the Turner Scott Motorsports organization.

Piquet was not injured, but the second TSM employee suffered a shoulder injury, police said.

Piquet and RCR driver Brian Scott were placed on probation until June 26 for an on-track altercation after the race. That exchange led to the later episode.

Chris Carrier, Piquet’s crew chief, and Phil Gould, Scott’s crew chief, also have been placed on probation until June 26 as a result of the incident between their respective drivers.