The crew members were involved in an altercation in the track’s driver/owner motorhome area shortly after Scott and Nationwide driver Nelson Piquet Jr. tangled on pit road after the race.
According to Henrico County police, the incident began with a verbal argument on the track at RIR and escalated into a physical altercation at about 11:15 p.m. One of two adult male victims, neither of whom was named by Henrico police, suffered a shoulder injury.
The RCR crew members arrested are Michael A. Scearce, 50, of Mount Ulla, N.C. and Thomas F. Costello, 35, of Kannapolis, N.C., famous as the hometown of the late Dale Earnhardt. Scearce was charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault, while Costello was charged with one count of misdemeanor assault.
Piquet's team, Turner Scott Motorsports, released a statement Saturday which indicates the two crew members confronted Piquet. It read in part: "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."
Tensions began when Piquet ran RCR driver Scott into the wall late in the 250-lap race. The two have a history of on-track contact, but their animosity spilled into the pits when Scott confronted Piquet afterward.
Their argument ended with Piquet kicking Scott in the groin area.
“Nelson decided for 15th place he was going to move me, and ran us up into the wall and did more damage than was already there,” Scott said. “I was just showing my displeasure after the race and then things escalated and he kicked me below the belt.”
After describing incidents between the two at Martinsville and on Friday at RIR, Piquet said, “I’m not going to take any more crap from him.”
RCR team owner Richard Childress said in a statement:
“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.”