Man who scaled fence at NASCAR race going to jail

The Richmond fence-climber has been sentenced after his little display earlier this year.

The shirtless man who infamously climbed to the very top of the fence in NASCAR's final race of the regular season is heading to jail. A Virginia court found James Dennis guilty of public drunkness and disorderly conduct. He has been sentenced to a year in jail with all but one month suspended.

The man was also fined $100 for each count he was found guilty of. 53-year-old Mr. Dennis' reason for climbing the fence? Well, it was his birthday and he wanted to be on TV.

Officials were forced to throw a caution as the man made it all the way to the top of the fence, which curves up and above the racing surface. This potentially affected the outcome of NASCAR's final race before the Chase.

RIR Statement

"We're pleased with today's outcome," Richmond International Raceway said in a release regarding this conviction.

"We take the safety of our guests and competitors very seriously. We want our guests to come and have a good experience and not insert themselves into the competition or put themselves or the competitors at risk."

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