NASCAR Driver Max Papis Slapped in Face by Female at Race
09/02/2013 AT 09:15 AM EDT
"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."
His response, Papis, said, was just to take it. "What do you do?" he said. "You don't hit a lady."
Still, he said, "I was in disbelief. Complete disbelief. If she would've closed her hand it would have been a bad punch, because she hit me so freaking hard."
The woman was later identified as the girlfriend of competing driver Mike Skeen. According to the Associated Press, Papis and Skeen had been battling for third in the closing laps of the race until contact between the two on the last lap ruined Papis's finish.
The two hit again during the cool-down lap, and Papis voiced his displeasure about Skeen during his post-race interview.
Papis told ESPN, "I went to [Skeen] and said, 'I guess we know who's the man in the family here, because the guy didn't even have the [guts] to talk."
He also Tweeted: "That deal was only between me and #6 driver we could have solved it alone ...but I guess he needed some ...help !!!!"
The skirmish somewhat overshadowed the race itself, where Chase Elliott wrecked Ty Dillon on the last lap of the 2.459-mi. course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and went on to his first series victory.
At 17 years, 9 months, 4 days, Elliot became the youngest winner in series history.