NASCAR bans Kelly Heaphy, girlfriend of driver Mike Skeen, after Max Papis slap

Max Papis of Italy, driver of the #14 Max Papis of Italy, driver of the #14 Sport Clips Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. (Aug. 30, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR has indefinitely banned a driver's girlfriend from all events for slapping a rival racer after the Truck Series race Sunday in Bowmanville, Ontario.

NASCAR said Wednesday that Kelly Heaphy, driver Mike Skeen's girlfriend, also was fined $2,500 for slapping Max Papis in the face.

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' finish. The two hit again during the cool-down lap, and Papis voiced his displeasure about Skeen during his post-race interview. Heaphy then approached Papis and slapped him.

Papis finished sixth in the road race, and Skeen was 13th.

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