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.

Scott Dixon fastest on the second day of Indianapolis 500 practice

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Scott Dixon was fastest on the second day of Indy 500 practice Thursday, turning a lap at 226.102 mph in his No. 9 Dallara-Honda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Takuma Sato was second, followed by Marco Andretti, Conor Daly and rookie Alex Palou.

The rest of the top 10 were: Colton Herta, Charlie Kimball, James Hinchcliffe, Fernando Alonso and James Davison.

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The session had one incident as Alonso crashed with just less than an hour left in the session. The Arrow McLaren SP driver was optimistic that the car could be repaired without a backup.

Among the other notables on the speed chart Thursday: Ryan Hunter-Reay (11th); Tony Kanaan (14th); Helio Castroneves (16th); Josef Newgarden (18th); Graham Rahal (19th); Will Power (23rd); Alexander Rossi (26th) and defending race winner Simon Pagenaud (27th).

Felix Rosenqvist (24th) and rookie Dalton Kellett turned the most laps (141) around the 2.5-mile oval.

Teams mostly focused on race setup Thursday as they will receive 80 extra horsepower in the “Fast Friday” practice that will feature speeds above 230 mph for qualifying Saturday and Sunday.

The Indy 500 will take place Aug. 23; coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with the green flag at 2:30 p.m.

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