Tonight’s Advocare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway may be the penultimate race of the Sprint Cup regular season. And it certainly means a lot as the Chase for the Sprint Cup is looming closer.
But that didn’t stop the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series from potentially upstaging tonight’s proceedings in Atlanta with an explosive finish to their race this afternoon at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park road course in Ontario.
On the final lap, young bucks Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon were going at it side-by-side when Elliott went to the inside of Dillon as the two headed for the last corner. Elliott got into Dillon, spun him into the tire barriers, and went on to claim his first career victory in the Trucks.
As you’d expect, things got heated on pit road as Fox Sports cameras caught Elliott and Dillon’s crews engaging in a shouting match. The two drivers also had a confrontation while Elliott was on his way to Victory Lane.
“That’s not how I race and that’s never been how I’ve raced before,” Elliott said according to The Associated Press. “I had a shot. I was up next to Ty and I knew he was going to try and chop me off. I tried to make up the difference…Sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to get to Victory Lane.”
Dillon, who was relegated to a 17th-place result, seemed to vow revenge in due time against the son of former Cup champ Bill Elliott.
“You’ve got to show respect,” Dillon said, per the AP. “I hope he runs Iowa [next week]. He won’t finish the race.”
But that wasn’t all. Not by a long shot.
While Elliott and Dillon were dueling for the win, Max Papis and Mike Skeen also battled for position when the two made contact in the last turn. The incident knocked Papis to sixth at the finish, Skeen to 13th.
But just after Papis completed a post-race TV interview, a woman approached the Italian driver and slapped him in the face. NASCAR.com reports that the woman identified herself as Skeen’s girlfriend.
This isn’t the first time Papis has been involved with slapping. Earlier this season, he whacked a helmet-wearing Billy Johnson in the head following the Nationwide Series’ event at Road America after the two had a run-in with each other during the race.
Perhaps karma decided to come back around today on “Mad Max”? Who knows…
UPDATE (9:10 p.m. ET): Max Papis has now told ESPN’s Marty Smith that the slap he received following today’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ race in Canada dislocated his jaw. To Papis’ credit, he did not retaliate in the post-race incident.
“What do you do? You don’t hit a lady,” Papis told Smith. “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.
“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.'”