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.

Todd LeDuc advances two positions in Monster Jam Power Rankings

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Neil Elliott held onto the top spot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings, but he has a new driver sniffing his exhaust as Todd Leduc advanced two positions to second this week.

The Stadium Series Green continues to hold the advantage in the Power Rankings with Elliott topping the chart, Morgan Kane in fourth, and Ryan Anderson eighth, but there is an equitable distribution among the other series throughout the field.

Notably, Leduc and his Monster Energy truck in the Stadium Series Red closed the gap with a 38-point overall victory at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. Leduc achieved his win through consistency, pocketing the overall without winning a single individual event. Leduc’s best session was a second-place finish to Mike Vaters II in Overkill Evolution by .001 points.

Meanwhile on the West Coast, Elliott rambled on. Elliott won his sixth skills challenge in seven contests so far. That contributed to his 35 points for the event at PETCO Park in San Diego and allowed him to hold onto the No. 1 slot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings.

Colton Eichelberger also held station. Third last week, he entered the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on a mission in the Triple Threat Series Central. He topped the event points in all four events with timed race wins in each session, ATV race wins in three of the four, three wins in the speedster obstacle course, two freestyle wins and one win in the donut competitions.

MORE: Ryan Anderson and the anatomy of a Monster Jam freestyle run

Morgan Kane and Grave Digger had a rough night. He was ousted from the racing event in Round 2 by Max-D and Elliott. He failed to win either of the other two competitions of the night and ended with 29 points, which was a distant third to Ryan Anderson’s Son-Uva Digger (37) and Max-D (35).

Brandon Vinson moved up to the fifth position with three wins in the Triple Threat Series West. During the weekend he earned seven session wins, including a sweep of the speedster obstacle course and two victories in the two-wheel skills challenge.

Tom Meents debuted on the Monster Jam Power Rankings in 10th by winning the overall in back to back nights of the Stadium Series Yellow. The Saturday show can be seen Feb. 22 at 11:30 p.m. on NBCSN (click here for streaming). The highlight of Meents’ weekend were race wins on Saturday and Sunday, defeating Coty Saucier in a Monster Energy truck on Night 1 and Eric Swanson in Obsessed on Night 2.

Power Rankings

1. Neil Elliott–same
2. Todd LeDuc–up 2
3. Colton Eichelberger-same
4. Morgan Kane–down 2
5. Brandon Vinson–up 1
6. Tyler Menninga–up 1
7. Coty Saucier–down 2
8. Ryan Anderson–same
9. Linsey Read–up 1
10. Tom Meents-new for 2020

Upcoming TV Schedule (All showings on Eastern time on NBCSN)

Oakland: February 22 (Saturday); 11:30 p.m.
Miami: March 1 (Sunday); 12 a.m.
Jacksonville: March 9 (Monday); 6 p.m.
Detroit: March 21 (Saturday); 11 p.m.
Las Vegas: March 28 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Santa Clara: April 11 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Philadelphia: April 17 (Friday); 2:30 p.m.
Denver: April 25 (Saturday); 6:30 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals Racing: May 9 (Saturday); 5 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: May 19 (Tuesday); 4 p.m.
Monster Jam World Freestyle: May 20 (Wednesday); 12 a.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: June 20 (Saturday); 2:30 p.m.