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NASCAR probes Ambrose-Mears scuffle

A short track and NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers jockeying for position and swapping paint usually means one thing: some kind of altercation.

Mild-mannered Casey Mears and Marcos Ambrose didn’t let down the fans who expected some fireworks Saturday night in Richmond, Va. Right after the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup race, Mears and Ambrose scuffled in the garage. The two got face-to-face and Mears was seen pushing Ambrose away.

Ambrose responded with an overhead right that landed squarely on Mears’ left eye.

On Sunday, NASCAR said it will investigate the tussle.

“We’ll take our time (today) and Tuesday and look at it some more,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president for competition.

Pemberton downplayed the incident.

“We don’t think it was anything too severe,” Pemberton said. “We’ll get all the footage that we can and look at it and see what happens from there. ... We’ve got to take our time and do everything.”

Ambrose finished 18th; Mears finished 19th in the race, which was won by Joey Logano.