Things got heated between NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Brian Scott and Nelson Piquet Jr. during and after Friday night’s Toyota Care 250 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
On pit road after the race, Scott approached Piquet to confront him about a late-race incident in the final 50 laps of the 250 lap race. The incident resulted in a three-car wreck for Scott’s No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, the No. 3 RCR Chevy of Austin Dillon and the No. 31 Turner Scott Chevrolet of Justin Allgaier. In an interview with ESPN after the race, Scott held Piquet responsible for the incident.
Scott approached Piquet on pit road after the race. He later told reporters that he just wanted to speak to Piquet about it but Piquet just “kicked me below the belt.”
Scott said that his issue with Piquet didn’t start with Friday night’s race at Richmond.
“He runs into me every week, and I kind of had it,” Scott said.
But it’s a matter that Piquet doesn’t want to discuss with him, apparently.
“I’m not going to take anymore crap from him,” Piquet said.
The matter wasn’t put to rest on pit road, though. There was a related incident later near the driver/owner motorhome lot at the track. While not all details were released, both Richard Childress Racing and Turner Scott Motorsports (the team for which Piquet drives) released statements on Saturday.
Statement from Richard Childress Racing: “We are aware an incident took place outside of the track’s infield following Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway involving members of our team; and others from another team. We are cooperating with the local authorities in this matter.”
Statement from Turner Scott Motorsports: “Turner Scott Motorsports can confirm that an incident occurred near the driver/owner parking lot of Richmond International Raceway following the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, April 26th. 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. TSM will have no further comment on the incident as the matter is an active case with the Henrico Police Department.”
Two adult males were taken into custody by Henrico Police. The only other information available is that one of the people involved sustained a shoulder injury and that person was not Piquet.
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