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Marcos Ambrose will pay his fine forward if he makes the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 17.
Ambrose will give $25,000 of his winnings from the event (should he make it in) to Victory Junction. Ambrose was fined $25,000 for punching Casey Mears in the garage area following the race at Richmond International Raceway on April 26.
Ambrose has committed to paying the fine forward from potential All-Star Race winnings and donate it to the camp founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their late son Adam. Victory Junction provides children with serious illnesses with life-changing camp experiences at no cost to the children on their families. Ambrose's boss at Richard Petty Motorsports, "The King" himself, Richard Petty, helped build the camp for his grandson.
Ambrose first thought about the idea after many of his fans wanted to aid monetarily with his fine.
"I had a tremendous outpouring of support after Richmond from so many fans," Ambrose said in a team release. "But, that situation was between myself and another driver. I had to pay the consequences from that and my fans had nothing to do with what happened. But, they have been so supportive of me in NASCAR, that maybe there was something we could do so they could make a difference. If they want to support me, they can vote for me and we'll take the total of the fine and pay it forward to Victory Junction.
"I've been to Victory Junction a few times," continued Ambrose. "It's a place like no other and really can take your breath away when you see the kids having so much fun. I'm a father and this is a place that really hits home. So, this is an opportunity to take an unfortunate situation and we can all come together to make a difference. The fans can just vote for me for the All-Star race and I'll try to race in. We'll do this together and hopefully do something special."
Ambrose has three chances left to be eligible for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. He can win at Kansas on May 10, finish first or second in the Sprint Showdown on May 16 and fans can vote him.
To vote Ambrose in, fans can vote using the NASCAR Mobile app on their mobile device (those votes count double), online at NASCAR.com/SprintFanVote or at the Sprint Experience at the track. Voting ends May 16.
In the official ruling, Ambrose was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing), and 12-4.9 (Behavioral Penalty; involved in an altercation in the garage area after the race) as outlined in the 2014 NASCAR rule book. He was also placed on NASCAR probation until May 28.