Kurt Busch’s ex-girlfriend testifies in protection order hearing


Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch was present today at Kent County Family Court in Dover, Delaware for a hearing involving his ex-girlfriend’s request to have a no-contact order placed against him.

Back in November, Patricia Driscoll alleged in court documents that Busch had slammed her head three times against the wall of his motorhome on Sept. 26 at Dover International Speedway.

As part of those documents, Driscoll asked a judge to order Busch to stay away from her and not to contact her, as well as have him undergo a psychiatric evaluation and a second evaluation from a certified domestic violence treatment agency.

Busch’s attorneys have denied those allegations, which are currently being investigated by the Dover (Del.) Police Department. Busch himself has met with Dover Police already.

According to Jeff Brown of the Dover (Del.) Post, Driscoll’s testimony today included her recollection of the events that led up to the alleged assault.

In what Brown calls “halting, sometimes tearful testimony,” Driscoll claimed that one week before the alleged assault, Busch got angry during their drive to Boston following the Chase race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. She added that she left him at the airport after Busch had ripped the rear view mirror off the windshield of their rental car while in a rage.

But despite that, Driscoll asserted that she and her young son went to Dover after receiving a text from Busch who said he was crying on the floor of his motor home.

She then stated that she and Busch talked for 10 minutes, in which the latter began to insult members of his Stewart-Haas Racing team. That conversation then led into the alleged assault.

Another reporter, Jon Offredo of the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal, writes that Driscoll said Busch went on a rambling rant where he said he didn’t want a contract extension with SHR and then singled out his boss, team co-owner Tony Stewart, for his role in the Aug. 9 sprint car accident that killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr.

“He was angry that Tony Stewart had killed that kid and ruined his entire career,” Driscoll said.

As for Busch’s alleged attack itself, Offredo writes that Driscoll said: “It scared me because he just snapped.” As she began to cry, a recess was called.

Following the end of her testimony, Busch’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, then got the chance to cross-examine her.

According to the Post’s report, Hardin called her “disingenuous, calculating and mercenary” in his opening remarks and in the cross-examination, he got her to acknowledge that she did not contact authorities immediately after the alleged incident.

Driscoll’s attorney has said that a custody battle between Driscoll and her ex-husband was why she delayed in reporting the event.

Busch, his attorney, and Driscoll’s attorney all declined to comment Tuesday after the court had adjourned.

Mike Chesney, a reporter for local television station WBOC, tweeted that the hearing would continue tomorrow morning.