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Marcos Ambrose won't apologize: 'I knew I was going to have to get a shot in'

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Marcos Ambrose, a dual Australian V8 Supercar champion, recently gave some pretty surprising statements regarding the fight he and Casy Mears had after Saturday's race at Richmond International Raceway. NBC Sports reported that Ambrose issued the following statement Thursday after an appearance during a media event to promote the upcoming races at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

“As it goes down, if I had my chance to think back about it, a wiser man would have walked away a little bit earlier and not got himself in that situation,” Ambrose expressed. “I don’t apologize for my actions. I was just standing up for myself and my team and my family and letting people know that you can’t get in my private space like that and expect not to have any consequences.”

Sporting News reports that Ambrose also said that "Mears had one coming.""He was upset and he was letting me know how upset he was,” Ambrose explained. “When I went to walk away, he just couldn’t handle it any longer. As soon as he grabbed hold of me there, I knew I was going to have to get a shot in. I was just waiting for the right moment.”

NASCAR has fined Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears 25,000 and $15,000, respectively, following the fight that both drivers staged after the race last Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, according to SB Nation.

NASCAR also determined that both Ambrose and Mears 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) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book.The team of Richard Petty issued a statement shortly after the ruling on Tuesday explaining that Ambrose accepted the penalty and there will be no appeal.

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