NASCAR has suspended driver Kurt Busch indefinitely after a court ruled he ‘more likely than not’ domestically abused his ex-girlfriend in September. This means Kurt will not race in Daytona 500 on Feb. 22.
Though Kurt Busch, 36, has not been criminally charged for allegedly strangling ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, 37, NASCAR revealed that “given the serious nature of the findings and conclusions made” by a Delaware court, that Kurt will be suspended for an indefinite period of time. He will be replaced by Regan Smith in Daytona 500 on Feb. 22.
Kurt Busch: Suspended From NASCAR After Alleged Domestic Violence
The former race car champion has spent the last few months in a heated battle with Patricia. She accused Kurt of domestic violence after he allegedly smashed her head into a wall several times and attempted to choke her while they were in Dover, Delaware on Sept. 26.
NASCAR’s statement was released on Feb. 20, announcing their decision to indefinitely suspend Kurt, according to ESPN.
Given the serious nature of the findings and conclusions made by the Commissioner of the Family Court of the State of Delaware, NASCAR has indefinitely suspended Kurt Busch, effective immediately. He will not be allowed to race nor participate in any NASCAR activities until further notice.
Kurt appealed for reinstatement, but NASCAR rejected that appeal on Feb 21. Kurt’s attorney Rusty Hardin revealed that Kurt will “re-appeal immediately”, according to Yahoo!.
“We have significant and strong evidence that contradicts the Commissioner’s conclusions,” Rusty said. “In the end we are confident that Kurt will be vindicated and he will be back racing. Until then we will continue to fight on his behalf by ensuring that the entire truth is known.”
The case will reportedly now go before the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, Bryan Moss, who will make the final decision.
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— Julianne Ishler