The look on Mike Stefanik’s face told the whole story moments after he was dumped out of the lead on the final lap of the Whelen Modified Tour Race Tuesday at the NASCAR Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway.
As Ray Dunlap spoke an intro leading into interviewing Stefanik, the seven-time series champion had a look on his face that would have seemingly scared even the hardest tough guy.
And not surprisingly, given the chance to speak, Stefanik erupted.
When Dunlap said race winner Steve Park said he got pushed into Stefanik before spinning him out of the lead a menacing Stefanik said: “Yeah right.”
Then Stefanik went on.
“I don’t want to say anything because I’m just going to say the wrong thing here,” Stefanik said on live national TV broadcast. “I am that freaking pissed. This is just bullshit.”
Later in the evening Stefanik offered an apology on Facebook.
“I would like to apologize to everyone out there that was offended with the language I used during a post-race interview. There is no excuse for cursing on live television; but with the way out night ended, tempers were flaring and my reaction was taped immediately following the race with no time to cool down and collect myself. The frustration I felt for my entire team got the best of me.”
It’s unclear if Stefanik will be penalized for swearing. Historically, its upper levels, NASCAR has fined drivers for using unacceptable language during televised interviews.
The Whelen Modified Tour race degenerated into a wreckfest that saw 17 caution flags fly.
One of those wrecks involved Northampton, Pa. driver Matt Hirschman. Speed reported following the event that Hirschman sustained a broken wrist in a crash and was treated at the track and released.
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