Witness testifies that Kurt Busch’s ex-girlfriend said “I will destroy him”

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A Christian music artist that counseled Kurt Busch’s ex-girlfriend following her breakup with the NASCAR driver has testified today that she said she would get payback.

According to Jon Offredo of the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal, Richard Andrew Sniffen – who performs at NASCAR outreach events – said he was called by Patricia Driscoll on the night of Sept. 24, 2014, the day when Driscoll alleges that Busch grabbed her and slammed her head against the wall three times in his motorhome at Dover International Speedway.

However, Sniffen said on that night, Driscoll said Busch pushed her and she hit her head. Additionally, as they discussed the matter over time, Sniffen said Driscoll’s thoughts turned darker – mentioning that Driscoll said, “I will destroy him” in reference to Busch.

The Associated Press adds more comments from Sniffen, who said Driscoll had initially thought about a reconciliation with Busch before she, in Sniffen’s words, went “from a broken heart looking for love and reconciliation to anger and a little bit of revenge.”

“She was almost embracing the fact that there was no going back,” Sniffen continued per the AP before adding that Driscoll told him Busch “was not going to walk away from me.”

Sniffen’s testimony has come on the fourth day of a hearing at Kent County (Del.) Family Court. Driscoll is seeking a protection order on Busch, who has now repeatedly denied her allegations as of Monday.

Offredo reports that Busch finished his testimony this morning by going into more details about the belief he expressed on Monday of Driscoll being a trained assassin.

The former Sprint Cup champion reported several examples of her returning from missions, including one from a past stay in El Paso, Texas; Busch said Driscoll left their hotel wearing gear and boots, and came back wearing a trench coat over a blood-stained nightgown.

Offredo has also tweeted that Busch said Driscoll was trained in “close contact combat” and the use of assorted weapons such as knives, guns, and poison.

On Monday, Busch had told his own attorney, Rusty Hardin, that he would likely lose a physical altercation to Driscoll, and today, he reiterated that belief again when Hardin asked him what he may have been thinking on the night of the alleged incident about hurting Driscoll.

The AP says Busch’s reply was: “Frankly, that I would have got my ass handed to me.”

Valtteri Bottas wins chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.

The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.

Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.

SHOW OF SUPPORT: Drivers take knee before race

Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Lando Norris of McLaren F1 celebrates after his first podium finish (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).

Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.

But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.

It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.

Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.

Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).