Ambrose in punch-up at Richmond

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Sunday 27th April, 2014 - 1:10pm

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Ambrose and Mears come to blows at Richmond

Ambrose and Mears come to blows at Richmond

Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears have come to blows after a tension-filled Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

The race was won by Joey Logano after a late move to beat home Jeff Gordon in a battle that also included Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth.

Ambrose crossed the line in 18th position one place in front of Mears, but in what appeared to be a heated discussion in the garage area after the race words soon turned to fists as crews pulled the two combatants apart.

In an at times tough race for Ambrose, the Tasmanian battled from being blocked at least twice on pit road by Austin Dillon to claw his way back towards the top-10. After having Denny Hamlin spin in front of him with 24 laps to run, he took four tyres and battled through to the finish.

While the two could have been discussing contact from the final stages of the race, they also made rubbed panels on track earlier in the race as Ambrose had to make an impressive save from spinning his car.

Both drivers have been called to front NASCAR officials over the incident, although Robin Pemberton the vice president for competition of NASCAR has said the following “We don’t think that it was anything too severe.”

Up front Logano led a total of 46 laps, but none were more important than the final four after coming from fourth place when Kenseth tried to hold out Keselowski and Gordon. As the first three battled each other, Logano found a gap down low and went on to take the chequered flag.

The action on the track was on from the outset when Clint Bowyer turned pole sitter Kyle Larson on the very first turn.

Bowyer would go onto have other dramas when he along with Cole Whitt and Reed Sorenson, all suffered fires in the front-right wheel well as tyres came apart and the rubber wrapped around the brake assemblies.

Joey Logano won his second race of the year

Joey Logano won his second race of the year

No such issues for Logano who scored his second win of the season after taking victory at Texas just two races ago.

“Yeah it was a wild finish. It just came down to really a four way battle and we had a great car for the short runs and we got up there challenging for the lead,” Said Logano.

“It came together at the end for us to have a shot at it and we just got ran off the race track but that is racing and we will move on.

“I had enough room to turn up underneath him and get enough clean air on the car to take off. This isn’t a very good race track for me in the past but we had a really good Shell Pennzoil Ford today and we were able to put it in victory lane.

“This is so cool to win two races already this season and it is just going to be one heck of a season and I can’t wait to get to the race track next week.”

VIDEO: Ambrose and Mears’ fight at Richmond

VIDEO: Joey Logano takes the win at Richmond

 

RESULTS: Toyota Owners 400 – Richmond International Raceway 

POS  Car #  Driver  Make  Start Pos.  Laps  Laps Led  Final Status Points Bonus Points
1 22 Joey Logano Ford 17 400 46 Running 47 4
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 25 400 173 Running 44 2
3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 19 400 0 Running 41 0
4 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 2 400 114 Running 41 1
5 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 12 400 35 Running 40 1
6 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 14 400 0 Running 38 0
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 13 400 7 Running 38 1
8 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 18 400 0 Running 36 0
9 99 Carl Edwards Ford 16 400 0 Running 35 0
10 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 22 400 0 Running 34 0
11 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 5 400 23 Running 34 1
12 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 6 400 0 Running 32 0
13 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 7 400 0 Running 31 0
14 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 4 400 0 Running 30 0
15 16 Greg Biffle Ford 26 400 0 Running 29 0
16 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 1 400 0 Running 28 0
17 43 Aric Almirola Ford 15 400 0 Running 27 0
18 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 11 400 0 Running 26 0
19 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 34 400 0 Running 25 0
20 38 David Gilliland Ford 33 400 0 Running 24 0
21 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 31 400 0 Running 23 0
22 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28 400 0 Running 22 0
23 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 21 400 0 Running 21 0
24 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 9 400 0 Running 20 0
25 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 20 399 0 Running 19 0
26 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 43 398 1 Running 0 0
27 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 27 398 0 Running 17 0
28 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 24 398 0 Running 16 0
29 35 David Reutimann Ford 30 397 0 Running 15 0
30 34 David Ragan Ford 37 396 0 Running 14 0
31 83 Ryan Truex Toyota 8 396 0 Running 13 0
32 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 10 396 0 Running 12 0
33 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 23 396 0 Running 11 0
34 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 35 395 0 Running 10 0
35 33 David Stremme Chevrolet 38 395 0 Running 9 0
36 32 Travis Kvapil Ford 32 394 1 Running 9 1
37 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota 41 391 0 Running 0 0
38 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 29 390 0 Running 6 0
39 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet 39 390 0 Running 5 0
40 30 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 42 380 0 Engine 0 0
41 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 40 367 0 Running 3 0
42 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 36 225 0 Electrical 2 0
43 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 3 159 0 Suspension 1 0

 

STANDINGS 

Position Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5  Top 10  DNF
1 Jeff Gordon 341 Leader 9 0 4 7 0
2 Matt Kenseth 336 -5 9 0 3 7 0
3 Carl Edwards 313 -28 9 1 2 5 0
4 Kyle Busch 310 -31 9 1 3 5 0
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr 309 -32 9 1 5 6 1
6 Joey Logano 292 -49 9 2 5 5 1
7 Brad Keselowski 287 -54 9 1 4 4 0
8 Jimmie Johnson 282 -59 9 0 3 5 0
9 Ryan Newman 272 -69 9 0 0 4 0
10 Brian Vickers 256 -85 9 0 1 3 0
11 Greg Biffle 256 -85 9 0 1 3 0
12 Austin Dillon 252 -89 9 0 0 1 0
13 Kyle Larson 251 -90 9 0 2 4 1
14 Denny Hamlin 245 -96 8 0 1 2 0
15 Tony Stewart 243 -98 9 0 2 4 0
16 Marcos Ambrose 242 -99 9 0 2 2 0
17 AJ Allmendinger 240 -101 9 0 0 2 0
18 Paul Menard 226 -115 9 0 1 4 0
19 Jamie McMurray 226 -115 9 0 0 2 1
20 Kevin Harvick 220 -121 9 2 2 3 2
21 Clint Bowyer 220 -121 9 0 0 2 2
22 Kasey Kahne 216 -125 9 0 0 2 1
23 Casey Mears 213 -128 9 0 0 1 0
24 Aric Almirola 211 -130 9 0 1 2 2
25 Kurt Busch 185 -156 9 1 2 2 3
26 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 184 -157 9 0 1 2 0
27 Martin Truex Jr 182 -159 9 0 0 1 1
28 Justin Allgaier 173 -168 9 0 0 0 1
29 Danica Patrick 153 -188 9 0 0 0 1
30 David Gilliland 147 -194 9 0 0 0 0
31 David Ragan 121 -220 9 0 0 0 0
32 Reed Sorenson 120 -221 9 0 0 0 2
33 Michael Annett 116 -225 9 0 0 0 2
34 Alex Bowman 116 -225 9 0 0 0 1
35 Cole Whitt 108 -233 9 0 0 0 1
36 Josh Wise 95 -246 8 0 0 0 0
37 Travis Kvapil 72 -269 8 0 0 0 0
38 Ryan Truex 64 -277 7 0 0 0 1
39 Parker Kligerman 54 -287 8 0 0 0 4
40 Michael McDowell 40 -301 5 0 0 0 2
41 David Reutimann 37 -304 3 0 0 0 0
42 Bobby Labonte 29 -312 1 0 0 0 0
43 Jeff Burton 27 -314 1 0 0 0 0
44 Terry Labonte 24 -317 1 0 0 0 0
45 David Stremme 22 -319 3 0 0 0 1
46 Timmy Hill 7 -334 2 0 0 0 1
47 Dave Blaney 4 -337 2 0 0 0 2
48 Michael Waltrip 4 -337 1 0 0 0 1
49 Landon Cassill 0 -341 7 0 0 0 0
50 Sam Hornish Jr 0 -341 1 0 0 0 0
51 Trevor Bayne 0 -341 3 0 0 0 1
52 Brian Scott 0 -341 3 0 0 0 0
53 Joe Nemechek 0 -341 6 0 0 0 2
54 Blake Koch 0 -341 1 0 0 0 0
55 J.J. Yeley 0 -341 1 0 0 0 1
56 Morgan Shepherd 0 -341 1 0 0 0 1
57 Eric McClure 0 -341 0 0 0 0 0