Bowmanville, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Max Papis suffered a dislocated jaw after he was slapped on the left side of the face by a girlfriend of a rival driver following Sunday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Papis, who drives for NTS Motorsports, said he did not know the name of the attacker but identified her as the girlfriend of competitor Mike Skeen.
“This crazy lady comes shouting at me, and I had no idea, didn’t even understand her, she just started shouting,” Papis told ESPN.com.
“And all the sudden, she took a full hand — and she slapped me so hard. I’m not kidding. My jaw got dislocated and my left ear is still ringing, big time,” added Papis, who did not retaliate.
While battling for second-place in the final corner of the race, Papis said Skeen made an ill-advised aggressive move, which ultimately wrecked both trucks. The drivers then exchanged hand gestures during the cool-down lap.
As Papis unbuckled his seatbelt, he said one of Skeen’s crew members grabbed him inside his truck.
However, Skeen claimed that Papis entered his team hauler after the incident and tried to pull his girlfriend down the stairs as he tried to get past her while looking for the driver.
Papis said he already approached Truck Series director Chad Little with the request that NASCAR take some action against Skeen’s girlfriend.
“It needs to stay between the drivers,” Papis said. “I think NASCAR should do something about it. I don’t even like that (Skeen’s) team member pulled me out of the truck, much less this lady slapping me.”
“Drivers can have arguments with each other — but it shouldn’t affect what other people do,” he added.