Stewart-Haas Racing’s weekend at Phoenix International Raceway turned out alright in the end as Kevin Harvick won to advance into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship Race.
But things started off rocky for SHR on Friday with the allegations of domestic assault against another of its drivers, Kurt Busch.
“The Outlaw” himself did not comment, but his attorney, Rusty Hardin, said the allegations were a “complete fabrication.”
It must be stressed that Busch has not yet been charged for any crime. As for Busch’s boss, SHR co-owner Gene Haas, he said before yesterday’s Eliminator Round finale at PIR that he had no issues with Busch strapping into the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevy.
“He’ll be in the car until someone else pulls him out,” Haas told a group of reporters. “I’m not pulling him out.”
Haas added that the team would let the Dover (Del.) Police Department conduct its investigation into the allegations and “try not to say anything that would compromise that.”
“We want an unbiased investigation and we’ll see how it all plays out,” he said.
In court documents that were filed this past Wednesday, Busch’s ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, alleged that on Sept. 26 at Dover International Raceway, Busch verbally abused her and then smashed her head three times against the wall inside his motorhome before she escaped to a nearby bus.
Over the weekend, Driscoll’s attorney, Mark Dycio, said in a USA Today report that the reason Driscoll waited as long as she did to file an assault claim was because of a separate custody battle between herself and her ex-husband over her young son, Houston.
While the investigation progresses, Haas doesn’t seem to be worried about potential charges coming against the 2004 Sprint Cup champion.
“The facts I know, I’m not concerned about it,” he said.