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

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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.

‘One and Only’ Kyle Larson wins Outlaws opener at Knoxville Raceway

Kyle Larson wins Knoxville
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The magic of dirt racing wins for Kyle Larson continued Thursday night at Knoxville Raceway, where he scored his third consecutive World of Outlaws victory at the famed half-mile track to open “The One and Only.”

After starting 10th, Larson sliced through the field and passed pole-sitter Logan Schuchart to lead the final eight laps in the No. 57 of car owner Paul Silva.

“Just an awesome race,” Larson said after earning $10,000 for his second consecutive NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory (after winning at Pevely, Missouri, last Saturday), his sixth Outlaws victory this season and 14th of his career.

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“I was able to track Logan down and hit the bottom really well in (turns) 1 and 2 and got a run on him.  It felt like I needed to take advantage of that before we got to heavier traffic and slid him and felt some contact. So, glad to see him not in the wall or anything like that. Just, hard work there. Heartbeat is up again.”

Kyle Larson wins Knoxville
Kyle Larson scored his sixth World of Outlaws victory Thursday (Trent Gower/World of Outlaws).

It was the fourth Knoxville victory this year for Larson, who swept a World of Outlaws doubleheader weekend June 12-13 at the Sprint Car Captial of the World. He has more than 30 victories this year in sprint cars and midgets.

The One and Only continues Friday night with another $10,000 feature race that will set the starting lineup for Saturday’s Brownells Capitani Classic, which pays $50,000 to win.

The event is the Outlaws’ richest purse of 2020 and subs in for the annual Knoxville Nationals, which was canceled for COVID-19 concerns. Larson, a two-time Knoxville Nationals runner-up, has said winning The One and Only would be on the same as Knoxville’s signature event because of its tough three-day format.

Through the first of three nights, Schuchart and Larson are tied for second in The One and Only points standings, which factor in qualifying, heats, dash and feature races. Aaron Reutzel, an All Star Circuit of Champions stalwart who finished third Thursday, leads with 430 points.

A crash in Thursday’s 25-lap feature eliminated past Outlaws champions Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz after Cory Eliason spun in front of Sweet in Turn 1 to start the wreck, which also collected Sweet’s teammate, James McFadden. Sweet and Schatz finished outside the top 20, which moved Schuchart into the points lead for the 2020 season.

Schuchart still seemed slightly miffed after finishing second to Larson.

“As the race went on, I felt like I wasn’t hitting my marks as good,” he said. “I would have liked to of had a little bit better of a race with Kyle there. I wish his slide job was a little better there, but he’s got a reputation to live up to. That’s where you let other people make the rules and maybe we’ll get him next time.”


RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 57-Kyle Larson [10]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2]; 4. 2-Carson Macedo [24]; 5. 41-David Gravel [6]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [7]; 7. 71-Spencer Bayston [3]; 8. 18-Gio Scelzi [15]; 9. 12N-Joey Saldana [5]; 10. 5-Ian Madsen [19]; 11. 17A-Austin McCarl [21]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen [11]; 13. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [16]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [20]; 15. 24-Rico Abreu [22]; 16. 4-Terry McCarl [13]; 17. 2KS-Brooke Tatnell [18]; 18. O9-Matt Juhl [23]; 19. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [25]; 20. 83-Daryn Pittman [9]; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17]; 22. 15-Donny Schatz [8]; 23. 26-Cory Eliason [4]; 24. 49-Brad Sweet [12]; 25. 9-James McFadden [14]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-17, Kyle Larson 18-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Carson Macedo[+20]

Kyle Larson wins Knoxville
Kyle Larson celebrated with his family and team after the first night of The One and Only (Trent Gower/World of Outlaws).