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.”

Donny Schatz edges Kyle Larson for Outlaws victory at Lake Ozark

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Donny Schatz made a last-lap pass on Kyle Larson, snatching a World of Outlaws victory Saturday night at Lake Ozark Speedway.

Larson started on the pole, led 30 of 35 laps and was in control until a caution set up a two-lap shootout to the finish before a limited crowd in Eldon, Missouri.

Schatz and Larson traded the lead twice over the final two laps, but the 10-time champion emerged with his first victory since the NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returned in mid-May from a two-month layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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“Man, I don’t know what to say, but Kyle’s a damn good racer,” Schatz, who led five laps, told DirtVision after his 296th Outlaws win. “I kind of had to go where he didn’t. We got that green-white-checkered, and I decided I was going to send it. He decided the same thing.

Donny Schatz celebrates at Lake Ozark Speedway after his second Outlaws Sprint Car victory of the season (Trent Gower).

“I’m glad to get the win. It feels like it’s been forever. I’ve been out here 24 years, and every night is a learning experience still.”

Larson finished second in his fifth start since he began racing with the Outlaws after being suspended from NASCAR.

“Obviously, it would have been nice to get the win,” Larson said on DirtVision. “I figured Donny would rip the middle. The restarts before, he’d almost clear me in (turns) 3 and 4. I should have known to protect and block his momentum. I felt I exited 2 OK. We don’t have spotters or rearview mirrors so you can’t see how close he is or really hear it when the pace is so slow.

“I just didn’t do a good enough job to run a smarter final couple of laps.”

Brad Sweet, Larson’s brother in law, finished third, with Shane Stewart and David Gravel rounding out the top five.

Larson rebounded from a 10th in Friday’s feature at Lake Ozark Speedway, continuing his streak of top-10 finishes in all five of his starts since the Outlaws’ return.

“We got our car a lot better from last night, so that was a plus,” said Larson, who finished second and first in back-to-back nights last week at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at Pevely, Missouri. “These guys are really tough. To be on the podium with Donny and Brad, they’ve won lots of big races and championships, it’s nice. I just didn’t do what I needed to do that last restart.”

Larson nearly had a flawless night Saturday, turning a 11.426-second lap to capture his second pole position this season and won the pole dash to start first in the feature.

Larson, who was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing from his NASCAR Cup Series ride last month for using a racial slur in an iRacing event, said last week that he plans to run several more NOS Energy Sprint Car Series races this year.

Larson remains indefinitely suspended by NASCAR but was approved to race by the Outlaws after completing sensitivity training.