Kurt Busch has received more support in his ongoing he said/she said dispute with former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, which wrapped up two days of testimony on Wednesday in Kent County (Del.) Family Court.
When the dispute first became public early last month, Stewart Haas Racing team co-owner Gene Haas said he was “not concerned” based on what information and facts he knew at the time and maintained his support of Busch.
Busch remains an active driver and member of the SHR organization.
“He’ll be in the car until someone else pulls him out,” Haas said Nov. 9 after news of Driscoll’s claim that Busch physically abused her came to light. “I’m not pulling him out.”
The case remains an active investigation by Dover (Del.) police. The family court arbitrator’s decision on whether to grant Driscoll an order of protection against Busch, or whether the arbitrator will recommend any action against Busch, remains to be seen.
Now, in addition to Haas, one of the driver’s sponsors is also backing him implicitly.
Panic Switch Army clothing brand CEO Luke Burrett said he’s “gotten to know (Busch and Driscoll) over the years” and “we support Kurt 110 percent on this case,” according to USA Today.
“There’s been a lot of allegations,” Burrett continued. “We know Kurt on a personal and business level.
“I know him as a human being, and I know what he’s capable of doing and what he’s not capable of doing, and we support Kurt all the way to the end on this. We’re not going to go anywhere. It’s not going to change what we’re doing.”
Burrett admitted his company’s sales have felt somewhat of an impact from the Busch-Driscoll situation.
“Has it affected our business? Yeah, of course it’s affected our business,” he said. “Anytime you get an allegation of abuse, it’s going to affect everybody’s business until it’s cleared up.”
NASCAR chairman Brian France said a month ago that the sanctioning body will let the investigation play out before any action, if needed, is taken.
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