Mears, Ambrose discuss Richmond dispute
April 29, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
On Monday, Casey Mears spoke with Marcos Ambrose about their post-race altercation on Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway. Mears said that he and his fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitor are "OK."
"Marcos and I had a really good conversation actually today," Mears told "NASCAR Race Hub" on FOX Sports 1. "Just talked through it, and things happen. You get upset.
"We're a couple guys, and we're passionate about what we do. I was on the downside of it, but I think we both got our point across and kind of understand where we're at now."
Mears said that an on-track incident sparked the post-race fracas. He was contrite about what happened while also discussing why he didn't throw a punch himself.
"It was a few things that happened on the track, and at the end of the day, none of that should ever happen, right," Mears said. "But in the heat of the moment when you get out of your race car, and it just happened to you, some stuff that you didn't like, we started going at each other. And before you knew it, it escalated really quickly.
"For a moment there, I kind of wanted to hit him. You know what I mean? And I thought, 'I can't do that.' So I grabbed him, and it turned out the way that it did. Unfortunately I ended up getting hit out of the deal."
When asked whether either he or Ambrose would be penalized by NASCAR for their actions following the Toyota Owners 400, Mears said, "Honestly I really don't know."
"After listening to (NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton), I'm not sure. The only thing is is if there isn't (a penalty) in some way, I don't how to distinguish what I'm able to do next time in that same scenario."
Following Monday's conversation Mears said that he and Ambrose put Richmond behind them and are ready to head to Talladega Superspeedway for the Aaron's 499 (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET on FOX).
"At the end of the day, if this was just him and I on the street, we already had the conversation," Mears said. "It's OK, but professionally, I want to know where that line is a little bit. Hard to say what they do, but either way, we're going racing next week. And Marcos and I had a good conversation, and we'll move on from here."
NASCAR officials are reviewing the incident.
Watch the entire interview below.