Delaware court commissioner delays Kurt Busch hearing to Dec. 16

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Former Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch has been granted a delay on a hearing regarding a protection from abuse petition filed by his ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll.

The Associated Press reports that a Delaware family court commissioner agreed to the request from Busch’s attorney, who asked for the delay in court papers filed last Friday.

Hardin said that Busch is to participate in a rally race in Italy and that his return flight was on Dec. 2, the original day of the hearing. Thus, the hearing has now been moved to Dec. 16.

The AP adds that the postponement was granted over objections from Driscoll’s attorney, who said that his client wanted a no-contact order against Busch entered as soon as possible.

The family court matter is separate from the ongoing investigation by the Dover (Del.) Police Department into allegations of assault against the Stewart-Haas Racing driver.

In court documents, Driscoll has asserted that Busch slammed her head three times against the wall of his motorhome on Sept. 26 at Dover International Speedway.

Busch’s attorney has denied those claims, and NASCAR has said it would not comment on the situation while the investigation continues. Last week, it was reported that Busch had met with the Dover police to address the allegations against him.

The new hearing date is two days after Busch’s scheduled appearance at the Race of Champions at Bushy Park in Barbados.

Scott Dixon fastest on the second day of Indianapolis 500 practice

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Scott Dixon was fastest on the second day of Indy 500 practice Thursday, turning a lap at 226.102 mph in his No. 9 Dallara-Honda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Takuma Sato was second, followed by Marco Andretti, Conor Daly and rookie Alex Palou.

The rest of the top 10 were: Colton Herta, Charlie Kimball, James Hinchcliffe, Fernando Alonso and James Davison.

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The session had one incident as Alonso crashed with just less than an hour left in the session. The Arrow McLaren SP driver was optimistic that the car could be repaired without a backup.

Among the other notables on the speed chart Thursday: Ryan Hunter-Reay (11th); Tony Kanaan (14th); Helio Castroneves (16th); Josef Newgarden (18th); Graham Rahal (19th); Will Power (23rd); Alexander Rossi (26th) and defending race winner Simon Pagenaud (27th).

Felix Rosenqvist (24th) and rookie Dalton Kellett turned the most laps (141) around the 2.5-mile oval.

Teams mostly focused on race setup Thursday as they will receive 80 extra horsepower in the “Fast Friday” practice that will feature speeds above 230 mph for qualifying Saturday and Sunday.

The Indy 500 will take place Aug. 23; coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with the green flag at 2:30 p.m.

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