NASCAR fan apologizes for ‘stupid’ stunt: ‘I guess we never grow up.’

Posted at 11:56 AM, Sep 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-08 11:56:16-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Two days after he climbed to the top of the fence around the NASCAR track during the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, James Dennis appeared in Henrico County court.

Fence man RIR

The 53-year-old Hopewell man addressed the incident that resulted in his arrest.

“I am deeply in regret of what I did. I want to apologize to everyone. It was just stupid,” Dennis said outside of court.

James R. Dennis of Hopewell (PHOTO: Henrico Police)

James R. Dennis of Hopewell (PHOTO: Henrico Police)

Dennis was charged with being drunk in public and disorderly conduct after he climbed down from the fence over the race. A race fan captured video of the man atop the fence and posted it on YouTube.

While Dennis addressed why he climbed the fence, he did not go into much detail. He said he was advised by lawyers not to speak with the media.

"I was thinking about it when I did it. I got hung up in the moment. Cool race. I guess we never grow up," he said.

Officials at RIR said they would review the incident at their usual post-race meetings.