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.
Ahahha was actually kind of comical….hey other @nascar wives careful or I'll slap ur hubby…WTF???!! #whodoesthat
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.