When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series made a visit to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada on Sept. 1, there was a lot more to the visit that the infamous slap that Mike Skeen's girlfriend laid on Max Papis after the race. There was also that history making race -- the Chevrolet Silverado 250.
It was the first race for the Truck Series in some 13 years and the first race, ever, outside the United States for the series that got its start in 1995. The history-making trip outside the U.S. resulted in a history-making win for Chase Elliott. Elliott claimed his first-career win in the series, making him the youngest winner in series history at the age of 17.
The win wasn't without controversy, and I'm not just referring to the aforementioned slap.
“We only have so many shots to win these things,” Elliott said in victory lane. “I don’t like to race that way. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”
Apparently, what Elliott felt he needed to do was make contact with then-leader Ty Dillon on the final lap of the 64-lap race. Dillon and Elliott were battling for the lead on the final lap when Elliott made contact that sent Dillon spinning off the race track. As a result, Dillon wound up finishing 17th, the final truck on the lead lap.
“He just gave up on trying to race,” Dillon said of Elliott.
The physical battle between Dillon and Elliott wasn’t the only battle for position that got heated on the final lap. As Dillon and Elliott battled for first, Mike Skeen and Max Papis fought each other hard for the third spot. But contact between the two resulted in neither getting the position in the end. Third, instead, went to Chad Hackenbracht.
Skeen passed Papis for third on the final lap, and soon after, the two made contact that sent them both off the track.
“The 6 car (Skeen), I knew was going to do something that was not good sportsmanship,” Papis said.
Papis finished sixth and Skeen wound up 13th. By the way, the contact between Papis and Skeen is where the slap comes in.
Elliott led several laps early in the race after taking the lead from pole sitter James Buescher on lap two. Differing pit strategies throughout the first half of the race put a variety of drivers near the front during different stints of the race.
Both Dillon and Skeen opted to stay out and go the remainder of the 64-lap race distance after pitting during a caution on lap 33. Dillon was able to remain up front until the contact from Elliott on the final lap, and Skeen held down second before losing the position to Elliott with just over 12 laps remaining.
Both drivers had enough gas to go to the end, but Dillon cut it close. His truck sputtered a few times in the final two laps, causing him to alert his team over the radio that he was running out of fuel.
“I knew it was goingn to be a tough race today, and a ran out of gas,” Dillon said.
Miguel Paludo, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Ron Hornaday rounded out the top-five. Ross Chastain finished seventh, Timothy Peters was eighth, Buescher ninth and Matt Crafton 10th. Click here for full finishing order.