Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/4/14
Two Richard Childress Racing crewmen who were suspended and fined by NASCAR after allegedly assaulting Nelson Piquet Jr. last month following a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway had their original penalties upheld on appeal Friday. RCR crewmen Michael Scearce and Thomas Costello were suspended for four races each and fined $15,000 after the post-race altercation. Both were also charged with criminal misdemeanors by Henrico County Police and have court hearings set for June 25. Friday at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., three members of the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel heard RCR's appeal of the penalties. The panelists were Ed Clark of Atlanta Motor Speedway, veteran journalist Dr. Dick Berggren and Doug Fritz of Iowa Speedway. The incident dates back to late April at RIR. Drivers Piquet and Brian Scott had contact on track during the Nationwide race and afterward Piquet kicked Scott, who drives for RCR, in the g...
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