Candace Muzny is a former NASCAR race car driver with a once-promising career who is accused of hitting a Vietnamese nail salon worker in the face because the nail tech didnât speak English during her pedicure. The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma woman is also accused of assaulting a police officer by slashing his ear with a pocket knife during an out-of-control incident in which her dog also tugged on the officerâs boot, according to a police report.
The Oklahoma City police report, obtained by Heavy.com, says that the incident was labeled âanti-Asian bias.â
The 5-foot 2-inch Muzny is accused of aggravated assault, a felony, among other possible charges. In an interview with Heavy.com, Muzny denied the account given by the nail salon tech, police officer, and a witness, saying it wasnât true (the police report says the officer had a body cam activated.)
Muzny, who posts numerous glamour shots on her various social media pages, including old pictures showing her in racing outfits, doesnât appear to be driving anymore. There was a time, though, that she generated news coverage as an up-and-coming driver on the NASCAR circuit, even attracting the attention of Hollywood stars. On one of her LinkedIn pages, she described herself as âRace Car Driver, Team Owner / Fabricator, Welder just all around love of cars and working with metal.â She once described NASCAR on Facebook as âFamily a dream & the best most loyal fans of all!â
An old 2005 article in the Orange County Register on Muznyâs racing career reported that actress Sandra Bullock and her then âMonster Garageâ star husband, Jesse James, were âMuznyâs new sponsorsâ at that time. She was once dubbed one of the âmost stunning women in NASCAR,â by an online site.
Muzny told Heavy.com in an exclusive interview that she âbackhandedâ the tech because âI asked her three times to stop speaking Vietnamese to me. I was paying with the American dollar.â She added: âIâm aggressive. Iâm a race car driver.â Sheâs also accused of attacking a police officer, slashing him in the ear with a knife during the chaotic incident at Creative Nail. To Heavy.com, Muzny defended her actions in that instance too, accusing the officer of attacking her first. She said he âbum rushedâ her from behind. She insisted: âIâm not racist. I have friends of all ethnicities.â
You can read what the police report says in great detail later in this article. It accuses Muzny of attacking the tech and responding officer. It also says a body cam was activated. Heavy.com has asked police for it. Oklahoma City police spokeswoman Megan Morgan told Heavy: âThe case was presented to the District Attorneyâs Office. They accepted charges for Assault & Battery on an Officer, three counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault & Battery, Resisting an Officer, and Interfering with a 911 Call. An arrest warrant has been issued for her for the additional charges.â
In the lengthy telephone interview, Muzny insisted, âI think if youâre speaking to an American who is a customer of yours, and you know theyâre not Vietnamese, itâs rude to talk to them in a language they donât understandâŠ She (the nail salon tech) needs to get back to Vietnam. If she wants to live in America and serve Americans, she needs to speak the language they speak.â
She added: âIf she wants to live on the American dollar, then she needs to speak English.â
Megan Morgan, spokeswoman for Oklahoma City police, said in a statement to Heavy.com, âAccording to the officerâs report he first made contact with her at the front doors while she was propping the doors open. She starting cussing and walking away from the officer. It was only after that that he tried to detain her and the attack on the officer occurred. Furthermore, the officer says she had freed a hand and was facing him when the attack happenedâŠshe was arrested that day and booked in on probable cause.â
Hereâs what you need to know:
1. Muzny Is Accused of âGoing Nutsâ During a Pedicure When Her Nail Tech Spoke Vietnamese Before Attacking Her & a Police Officer
In the police report, Muznyâs employer is listed as Arrow Wrecker, which an old news article stated was a towing company her mother co-owned even back when she was on the racing circuit.
According to the report obtained by Heavy.com, the officer was dispatched to Creative Nail on Britton Road on January 12, 2020 at 6:20 p.m. for a âdisturbance call.â
âThe notes on the call stated a customer slapped an employee,â the report alleges. The victim, Tiffany Nguyen and a witness stated that âCandace came into the store to have her nails done.â
While Nguyen was giving Muzny a pedicure, Muzny is accused of âmaking comments about Bruce Leeâ to Nguyen and the witness. The witness asked Nguyen in Vietnamese if she would like him to give her her paycheck early, and Nguyen responded in Vietnamese.
âCandace yelled at them to stop speaking in Vietnamese andâŠCandace slappedâŠNguyen on the face,â the report says.
It says that a witness tried to call 911 and Candace âtook his phone from him.â The witness âtook his phone back,â at which point Candace is accused of getting in Nguyenâs face and âyelling and cussing.â According to the report, Muzny turned and pulled out a small black pocket knifeâŠCandace corneredâŠNguyen between a wall and a table. (Muzny) was yelling atâŠ Nguyen and waving the knife around (Nguyenâs) face and neck. (Muzny) toldâŠNguyen she was going to kill her and her familyâŠCandace struckâŠNguyen with a closed fistâŠ.Nguyen got away fromâŠCandace until Off. Barnhill arrived on scene.â
Officer Barnhill arrived and observed Muzny âpropping open the front doors (of) the shop,â the report alleges, adding that the officer made contact with Muzny but she âbegan cussing and walking away from Off. Barnhill.â He went to detain her âby taking hold of her wrists from behind,â but Candace is accused of struggling with the officer as her dog approached the officer and âbegan pulling on Off. Barnhillâs boot.â At that point, alleges the report, Candace got a hand away from the officer and turned around to face him.
She is accused of striking the officer behind his right ear âwith the black pocket knife she had concealed.â The officer put space between them. Candace is accused of pointing the knife at the officer and âcontinuing yelling at him.â
âOff. Barnhill stated he did not know she had the knife or had cut him until she began pointing it at him. Off. Barnhill drew his weapon and began ordering (Candace) to drop the knife and to get on the ground,â the report says. At that point, she dropped the knife and began getting on the ground but then stood up and began to walk off, the report continued to allege.
It says that Officer Barnhill âwrapped his arms around her from behind and took her to the ground.â He sat on top of her and began positioning her for handcuffs at which point other officers arrived to assist. She was placed in the âviolent prisoner restraint.â Her mother responded to the scene and took custody of her dog and property.
Nguyenâs lip was swollen and cut from being struck, and the officer had a small cut behind his right ear, according to the report.
According to News9, the 911 caller that prompted police to respond to the nail salon claimed: âWe have a belligerent customer in here that is going nuts and we need her out ASAP, she just slapped me in the face.â
Nguyen told News9 that âwe were speaking in our native language about my pay and then she said to fâing stop speaking that language or I will slap you in the face.â
Nguyen further told News9, âShe got me cornered and I fell. But I was able to kick her, and she lunged and tried to put a knife up to my throat a couple of times.â Police told News9 that the responding officer didnât realize that Muzny was allegedly using a knife and âshe was able to free a hand and assault the officer on the back of the ear.â
Heavy.com confirmed that the nail salon suspect Candace Nicole Muzny, 43, is the same Candace Muzny who was a race car driver through a variety of means, including an interview with the victim and with Muzny herself. Heavy.com spoke briefly with Candaceâs mother at the family towing business about the nail salon incident; she didnât want to speak publicly, but she said she would ask Muzny if she wanted to give her side.
Nguyen confirmed in a short interview with Heavy.com that Candace referred to having been a race car driver. She said she was too âtraumatizedâ by the incident to describe it all over again.
âItâs not true. None of itâs true,â Muzny said to Heavy.com when she answered the phone the first time around (she later called back to speak more and made the additional comments at the top of this story). âThatâs not what happened.â She claimed that people were âlyingâ and she âdid not stab an officer. Iâm honest as the day is long. Iâve always been that way. Iâd give my last five dollars for anybody. Iâm a very good person. I think all people have good and bad in them.â
She then went into a lengthy conversation about a series of tragedies sheâs faced in her life, saying she had âlost 40 people that I love dearly, who were close to me,â including her best friend and fiance. âI thought about her today. She was the same age Jesus was when he died,â Muzny said of her friend, a fellow race car driver, adding, âWe almost made The Amazing Race.â
At one point, she said, âGod is trying to tell me something. I am a woman of faith.â Of her racing career, she said it was âmy passion, my dream. It saved my life,â adding that her parents helped her get started with that when she was in high school. She then said she had to go.
2. Muznyâs Racing Career, an Interest Which Grew After She Worked in Her Dadâs Oklahoma Gas Station, Drew Praise From Jesse James & Others
In 2010, the Bleacher Report wrote a profile story on Muzny, describing her as âa regular competitor in the NASCAR Late Model Divisions and Pro Series across the states.â The story said she grew up âdrag racing with the boys after school or tinkering with cars at her fatherâs gas station in Oklahoma.â At that time, the site said she was âlogging in seven top-fives, 55 top-10s, and 92 top-20 finishes in 94 starts throughout her five-year career across various stock car ranks.â You can see her career statistics here.
Jesse James, the TV personality and former Austin Speed Shop CEO, praised Muzny in 2005 to the Register, saying, âCandace is a very skilled and patient driver. The sky is the limit for her. And the best thing? She is not shooting for the stars. Sheâs humble and willing to put the time in and learn and take each step with confidence.â To Bleacher Report, she called James âmy buddyâ in 2010.
The Things reported in 2019: âShe started off in drag races before moving up to join NASCAR in 2007. Her work was sadly brief as she seems to have moved into retirement.â
In 2010, The Oklahoman quoted Muznyâs mom, Vanita, as saying she was happy her daughter âis doing so well in the race car scene.â The story reported that Vanita was going to Irwindale, California âto cheer on her daughter during the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown.â
The story says that Vanita is co-owner of Arrow Wrecker Service in Oklahoma City (thatâs where Heavy.com reached her about the nail salon accusations. Itâs also the place of employment that Muzny lists on one of her LinkedIn pages.)
âAl (Candaceâs father) ran the wreckers at the racetrack for about 10 years,â said Vanita to The Oklahoman. âHe didnât let Candace race when she was young, but she had a little Mustang that she raced all around town.â
The Register reported in 2005 that Muzny, in her first full season driving âa Late Model stock car at Mesa Marin,â had âfinished in the top 10 eight times at the half-mile oval in Bakersfield.â
On one of her LinkedIn pages, Candace described herself as race car driver/owner for CNM Racing, Inc. She said she had a bachelorâs degree in fashion marketing/business from the University of Texas Dallas and attended the Art Institute of Dallas in fashion marketing, working as a model and in marketing for fashion shows.
A press release from CNM in 2011 said that Muzny was involved in charity work to fight breast cancer. It described her as âa NASCAR driver on a mission. Ever since she was a little girl she knew her career was destined to be on wheels. Always willing to give her best, Candace works on her car, herself, and her team until all are fast, competitive, and most of all, in winning shape.â
In 2017, she wrote on Facebook, âI am getting to help out & instruct & give ride along today with Mike Starr & his Team Texas Driving Experience! So much fun! I love giving others the amazing experience I get every time I get the opportunity to get into a race car! đđđđđđđđđđ.â
3. An Old Profile Story Described Muznyâs âGlamorous Fingernailsâ But Said She Wanted to Be Known for Her Driving, Not Her Glitter-Tipped Nails; She Indicated on Facebook That Sheâs a Donald Trump Supporter
A 2011 story in Savannah Now on Muznyâs racing career described, perhaps ironically now, her nails.
âCandace Muznyâs hands say a lot about her racing career. Her designer nails are perfectly manicured and tipped with glitter. But when she rolls them over, they are covered with ugly scabs and bruises,â it says.
The site reported that Muzny wanted her skills to make her stand out: âMuzny wants it to be her driving skills â not her blond hair, green eyes and glamorous finger nails.â
She was described as part of a trend of beautiful women building NASCAR careers and was said at that time to be âracing in the middle of the pack in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.â
On her Facebook page, Muzny describes herself as a âwomen (sic) on a mission to change the world. I believe that everyone is capable of living the life of their dreams, but all to often we chose to settle for what life gives us versus going after what we really want. My lifeâs goal is to help each person realize their full potential, by discovering what they really want in life and then getting out of their own way.â
Although many of Candaceâs social media posts are glamorous photos of her, she often gets political. She made it clear she supports President Donald Trump:
She also posted a fake image showing Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in federal prison by a site called âSecular Turks for Trump,â and wrote, in October 2019, âHeâll (sic) yeah!â She shared a photo of Trump with the words âheâs my president,â and wrote, âA (sic) Proud of It! â„ïžđđ»đșđž.â She also shared a graphic that read, âCountry girls ainât afraid to love a man, but ainât afraid to shoot one either,â writing, âDamn straight!â She shared a post opposing impeachment, along with other politicized content. In addition, she shared a slew of inspirational phrases, some religious.
On her personal Facebook page, she wrote in December 2019, âI am baby! Watch out u Mofoâs! Bring It biiiiiiaaaaatttcchhes!â In November 2019, she wrote, âI believe I try to treat others as Jesus does bc Jesus forgives me & he gave me an unconditionally loving heart â„ïž! Sometimes U have to love others more than they love themselves to help get them to the other side!â
4. Muzny Was the Fiancee of Race Car Driver Del Dalrymple, Who Died Young & Once Described Her as âFastâŠVery Fastâ
An obituary for Del Dalrymple says that Candace Muzny was his fiancee. Sheâs also posted about him on Facebook. He died unexpectedly of natural causes, according to his obituary. He was only 46 years old.
âDel will always be remembered by landmarks at Ascot and Corona Raceway, Riverside and Irwindale, such as the chain link fence built to prevent other spotters from getting thrown over for messing with Candace,â says the obit, which was first published in the Orange County Register.
Dalrymple praised Muzny in a 2005 article in the Register, saying, âEverything she has gotten she has had to work hard for. She didnât just get everything handed to her far from it. Let me tell you, this girl is fast âŠ very fast.â
To the Register, he also called her a âfuture NASCAR star.â
In 2018, Muzny wrote on Facebook, sharing the above photo, âThis was the first day I met Mr. Jesse James @ Irwindale Speedway! One of the best days of my life that day! I miss u Del Dalrymple! đDel was the one that changed my stars forever and made all my dreams come true! Jesse thank u for also help making my dreams come true!! U forever have blessed my life and saved my soul! â„ïž I love â€ïž you always and forever for making my stars shine so bright! đâ„ïžđâ„ïžđâ„ïžđâ„ïžđ.â
In another ode to Del, she wrote, âI was going thru some of my old pics and I love these! Not at day not a second goes by that I donât miss Del Dalrymple đą! I wish that he was still by my side bc those were the happiest times of my life! I am so grateful that I had those years with him bc he changed my stars đ and took a chance on me and forever changed my life for the best and made me a better person by his example and Del was the best human being and the best man I have known! I love u Del â„ïž I wish everyday that u were here with me! Miss u more than words can say!!!â
5. Muzny Has a Previous Drunk Driving Case
Muzny has a variety of court cases in the criminal and civil court systems in Oklahoma County.
She was accused of leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury in 2016, a felony, but the case was dismissed.
A medical center once took her to civil court.
She was accused of drunk driving in 2018. Court records say she pleaded guilty but the case was deferred: âThe defendant enters a pleas of guilty and sentencing is deferred until 6-4-2020âŠthe defendant will be supervised by OK OpsâŠâ
On Facebook, Muzny posted a photo showing her with Jay Silvernail, who a 2019 news article says was âan Oklahoma City attorneyâ who âis now on trial for shooting a man in the parking lot of a popular club in 2016.â Muzny wrote, âJay Silvernail My Bestie does NOT Deserve this! He deserves a honorary metal!!! đ„âŁïžâ Some people criticized the post in the comment thread. According to The Associated Press, Silvernail alleged the shooting occurred in self defense during an argument, but he was convicted. The story says he previously fatally shot a client, also saying that was self defense.
Candace wrote another extremely detailed defense of Silvernail, adding, âJay has been there for me as a loyal & loving friend! Heâs never once let me down & has always showed up for me & has been the best friend a person could ever hope for! His family & his parents are just like mine, hard working, giving, caring & the sweetest family just like mine!â
Other posts on her page include trashing a local business and posts about her hair and teeth. âAs a race car driver, there is nothing more important than having pearly whites in publicity photos,â she wrote in 2018.
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