NASCAR: Kurt Busch returns to court, again denies ex-girlfriend’s claims of assault

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Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch has again denied his ex-girlfriend’s allegations that he physically assaulted her inside his motorhome last September at Dover International Speedway.

Busch took the stand today in Kent County (Del.) Family Court during the third day of a hearing in which Patricia Driscoll seeks to gain a protection order against the Stewart-Haas Racing driver.

As part of his testimony this afternoon, Busch and his attorney, Rusty Hardin, went through a re-enactment of the alleged incident.

Jon Offredo of the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal reports that Hardin asked Busch if he “pushed her head against the wall,” “[slammed] her head against the wall,” and “[slammed] her head against the wall three times” – the latter query referencing a specific claim of Driscoll’s. Busch replied no to all of them.

Last month, on the second day of the hearing, Busch had asserted that all he did in their encounter was cup his hands around Driscoll’s face and ask her to leave.

Offredo’s report also notes that in today’s testimony, Busch and several others that testified said that Driscoll claimed she was a “trained assassin” who has killed drug lords.

Busch also said Driscoll claimed that actress Jessica Chastain’s character in the movie Zero Dark Thirty was based partly on her and other females that work in the defense industry; along with serving as president of the non-profit Armed Forces Foundation, Driscoll is also the CEO of a company called Frontline Defense Systems.

Hardin asked Busch how he would fare in a actual physical altercation with Driscoll, to which Busch replied that Driscoll could easily subdue him because “she is a badass.”

NASCAR chaplain Nick Terry and Busch’s assistant, Kristy Cloutier, also testified today as well.

The Associated Press reports that Terry said Driscoll showed up at his motor home the night of the alleged assault claiming that Busch had grabbed her and pushed her against the wall – but that she never told him that her head had been slammed against the wall three times as she has claimed.

Terry also said that neither he or his wife noticed any marks on Driscoll.

As for Cloutier, she described the former relationship between Busch and Driscoll as one akin to that of a puppet and a puppeteer, with Driscoll being the latter.

The same AP report adds that Cloutier said Driscoll once attempted to get her name put on a sales contract for Busch’s North Carolina home, which Busch had wanted only in his name.

”I don’t believe anything Patricia says,” said Cloutier per the AP. “It seems that every time she says something, it’s a lie.”

Cloutier acknowledged that Busch had a temper, but she believes he isn’t capable of assault: ”That’s not the person he is,” she said.

The Dover (Del.) Police Department announced last week that it had completed its investigation into the matter and had handed it over to the Kent County (Del.) Attorney General’s office.

The hearing will extend into a fourth day tomorrow.

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.