An Associated Press report has revealed graphic details within court documents filed this past Wednesday by Patricia Driscoll, who is accusing ex-boyfriend and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch of domestic assault.
According to the documents, the alleged incident took place on Sept. 26 inside Busch’s motorhome at Dover International Speedway – about one week after he and Driscoll had decided to end their relationship.
Busch was apparently upset about a poor qualifying showing that day (he qualified 22nd), and proceeded to verbally abuse Driscoll and say that he wished he had a gun to kill himself.
After calling Driscoll multiple names and accusing her of “having spies everywhere and having a camera on the bus to watch him,” the documents say that Busch jumped up, grabbed her face, and smashed her head three times against the wall next to his bed.
Driscoll then states that she pushed Busch away and ran from the bedroom to a nearby bus, where she got an ice pack for her head and neck. She says the incident left her with severe pain, breathing difficulties, and bruising on her neck.
As part of filing these documents, Driscoll has asked a judge to keep Busch away from her and to not contact her. She also wants Busch to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, as well as an evaluation from a certified domestic violence treatment agency.
The magic of dirt racing wins for Kyle Larson continued Thursday night at Knoxville Raceway, where he scored his third consecutive World of Outlaws victory at the famed half-mile track to open “The One and Only.”
After starting 10th, Larson sliced through the field and passed pole-sitter Logan Schuchart to lead the final eight laps in the No. 57 of car owner Paul Silva.
“Just an awesome race,” Larson said after earning $10,000 for his second consecutive NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory (after winning at Pevely, Missouri, last Saturday), his sixth Outlaws victory this season and 14th of his career.
“I was able to track Logan down and hit the bottom really well in (turns) 1 and 2 and got a run on him. It felt like I needed to take advantage of that before we got to heavier traffic and slid him and felt some contact. So, glad to see him not in the wall or anything like that. Just, hard work there. Heartbeat is up again.”
The One and Only continues Friday night with another $10,000 feature race that will set the starting lineup for Saturday’s Brownells Capitani Classic, which pays $50,000 to win.
The event is the Outlaws’ richest purse of 2020 and subs in for the annual Knoxville Nationals, which was canceled for COVID-19 concerns. Larson, a two-time Knoxville Nationals runner-up, has said winning The One and Only would be on the same as Knoxville’s signature event because of its tough three-day format.
Through the first of three nights, Schuchart and Larson are tied for second in The One and Only points standings, which factor in qualifying, heats, dash and feature races. Aaron Reutzel, an All Star Circuit of Champions stalwart who finished third Thursday, leads with 430 points.
A crash in Thursday’s 25-lap feature eliminated past Outlaws champions Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz after Cory Eliason spun in front of Sweet in Turn 1 to start the wreck, which also collected Sweet’s teammate, James McFadden. Sweet and Schatz finished outside the top 20, which moved Schuchart into the points lead for the 2020 season.
Schuchart still seemed slightly miffed after finishing second to Larson.
“As the race went on, I felt like I wasn’t hitting my marks as good,” he said. “I would have liked to of had a little bit better of a race with Kyle there. I wish his slide job was a little better there, but he’s got a reputation to live up to. That’s where you let other people make the rules and maybe we’ll get him next time.”