Max Papis gets a slap in the face from a NASCAR competitor's girlfriend and now he is claiming a “dislocated jaw” from the ordeal. After seeing the tape, you'll probably agree, however wrong this slap in the face was, it's hard to imagine that he's got a dislocated jaw out of this.
According to Radaronline on Sept. 2, one very angry girlfriend of another NASCAR driver ran onto the track and gave Papis a slap for causing an accident which took her boyfriend out of the race. On the video, Papis's head didn't even move when she slapped him, but now he not only has a dislocated jaw, but his left ear is still ringing.
The incident happened at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Papis describes the slap as if it were a vicious attack saying:
“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.”
No, his whining wasn't done yet, he continued with:
“What do you do? You don’t hit a lady,” Papis added in explaining why he didn’t retaliate. “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 who slapped Papis's face is Kelly Heaphy, it was later learned. She is NASCAR driver Mike Skeen's girlfriend. Skeen and Papis were jockeying for second position when the crash occurred. This apparently got some of the folks on Skeen's pit crew really upset because one made their way over to Papis's car and tried to pull him out. This fight was broken up before it started as a Papis crew member separated the two.
It's wrong to attack anyone like that, but did that one slap really injure Papis to the point that his jaw is dislocated? If that's the case and he gets injured so easily, maybe he shouldn't be driving a car at such high speeds. Going over a bump at 100-plus miles an hour might dislocate something else on the man. What did you think about the slap?