Max Papis Slapped By Woman After Truck Series Race
Max Papis is generally known as one of the nicer guys in the NASCAR garage, but once he puts the helmet on his aggressiveness comes out in full force.
Perhaps he should have left his helmet on after Sunday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Motorsports Park, as Papis was slapped in the face by a woman - later identified as Kelly Heaphy - after a confrontation with fellow driver - and Heaphy's boyfriend - Mike Skeen.
And this was no laughing matter, as Papis has since confirmed he suffered a dislocated jaw and says he is considering pressing charges.
The post-race slap stemmed from a string of incidents between Papis and Skeen as they battled for the third spot.Trading paint and rubbing fenders, the pair swapped spots over the final few laps. Going into the final corner on the final lap, Skeen made a move under Papis, wrecking both trucks.
The cool down lap was anything but cool for Papis, as he drove to the side of Skeen's truck waving his finger and yelling at the rookie driver.
To no surprise, the confrontation spilled over into the garage area. Papis parked his truck next to Skeen's as crew members scrambled into Papis' cockpit. With NASCAR officials and team members pushing and shoving, the veteran stuck his head in the right side window of Skeen's truck.
Here's a closer look at the slap, which occurred after Papis spoke with FOX Sports 1:
The incident drew plenty of Twitter reaction throughout the NASCAR community.
I don't think I've ever seen a female smack a driver after a race..... That was impressive!!— Justin Allgaier (@J_Allgaier) September 1, 2013
Slapping is nothing new for Papis, but this time he was the one getting slapped.
Earlier this year at Road America, Papis slapped driver Billy Johnson upside the helmet after they tangled in the final laps of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
The slap heard around the NASCAR world even brought about a new parody Twitter account to add to the fun.
Anybody know who that little spitfire was? Did I turn her down for an autograph or something?— Max_Slapis (@Max_Slapis) September 1, 2013
My day today....wake up, turn right, turn left, wreck, interview, get slapped.— Max_Slapis (@Max_Slapis) September 1, 2013
This certainly isn't the first time a woman has come to the defense of her man after an on-track incident. In 2006, Nicole Biffle confronted Kurt Busch's ex-wife Eva on pit road after their men tangled on the track at Texas Motor Speedway.
Just don't expect DeLana Harvick to be fighting her man's battles any time soon, Kevin does enough of that on his own.
Following Sunday's post-race incidents, multiple reports began to appear on social media that Papis had dislocated his jaw when slapped by Skeen's girlfriend.
Papis later confirmed this on his personal Twitter account, also delivering a jab to Skeen.
That deal was only between me and #6 driver we could have solved it alone ...but I guess he needed some ...help !!!!— Max Papis (@maxpapis) September 2, 2013
FOX Sports' Lee Spencer spoke with both Papis and Skeen Sunday night about their incidents both on and off the track.
"I might consider something about pressing charges -- it's not good," Papis said. "What she did is not good. I didn't like that at all. I went to NASCAR and talked to them."
Skeen said he did not see his girlfriend slap Papis, but accused Papis of pulling Heaphy down the stairs of the hauler after the incident.
"All I saw was Max trying to pull her down the stairs so he could go up in the driver's lounge," Skeen said.
One thing is for sure, this is far from over.