Kurt Busch to appear in Del. court tomorrow for protection order hearing

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An attorney for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch says that the former Sprint Cup champion will appear in a Delaware courtroom tomorrow for his hearing related to a protection from abuse petition filed by his ex-girlfriend.

Attorney James Liguori told The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) that Busch must report to the Kent County Family Court by 9 a.m. local time and that his hearing is one of 11 total hearings at the court tomorrow.

Busch’s hearing was originally scheduled for Dec. 2, but it was postponed as he would be returning to the U.S. on that day after competing in Italy.

Early in November, Busch’s ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, alleged in court documents that Busch had attacked her inside his motorhome at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 26.

Busch has since met with the Dover (Del.) Police Department to address the allegations. The department’s investigation remains ongoing at this time but a spokesman for the department said in an e-mail to the News Journal that the investigation has been hampered by both the delayed reporting of the incident and frequent travel for some of the witnesses.

Driscoll’s own attorney has said that a custody battle between her and her ex-husband over their son was the reason why she did not immediately contact authorities.

“As any parent will tell you, their child is their primary concern,” attorney Mark Dysio said in a Nov. 8 USA Today story. “So legally, it took some time to work through the process of how Mr. Busch’s situation with Ms. Driscoll would affect that custody case. It was only until that was resolved to a certain degree of satisfaction that we were able to pursue the second avenue.”

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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COMBINED SPEEDS: Click here for the overall speeds from the first two days

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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