NASCAR Places Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Casey Mears on Probation

dave darbySenior Analyst IApril 22, 2009

AVONDALE, AZ - APRIL 18: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on April 18, 2009 in Avondale, AZ.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Casey Mears have been placed on probation by NASCAR until May 31, for their bumper car act last week in Phoenix.

Mears made contact with Earnhardt with 11 laps to go in the race, which caused Junior to crash. Dale was in the front of the pack at the time, but as a result of the incident finished 31st.

After the race was over, Earnhardt spun out Mears on the cool down lap. Mears in turn bumped into Earnhardt's car once they reached pit row.

Neither driver or owner were docked points as a result of the probation.