Kurt Busch’s ex says his claims of her being “trained assassin” came from her own movie script (UPDATED)

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UPDATE (2:21 p.m. ET): Yahoo! Sports’ Jay Busbee has tweeted out an official statement from Patricia Driscoll and her attorneys that discloses more details about the movie script she claims former boyfriend and NASCAR driver Kurt Busch got his testimony of her being a “trained assassin” from.

As part of her own statement, Driscoll also says that Busch’s statements in court “serve to confirm my belief that he needs professional counseling to deal with his alcoholism and issues of depression” and that her concerns for the former Sprint Cup champion’s mental state have been brushed aside by his legal team.

Here is her statement in full:

“Over the past 7 years, I have worked on a movie script with producers about a female CIA operative and her work on classified missions for the U.S. The script was bought by a couple different production companies. Over the years, many people have heard the many variations the script has taken each time it was purchased by another studio. Mr. Busch has seen and given commentary to me on the latest script because some of the stories he told on the stand are straight from the script.

Mr. Busch’s statements in court serve to confirm my belief that he needs professional counseling to deal with his alcoholism and issues of depression. Since day one, I have stood by my statements that my motive was not greed but in fact concern for the man I loved. I have previously shared my concerns for Mr. Busch’s mental state since the onset of this case only to be dismissed by his legal team.

Perhaps now his family and those around him recognize his fragile state and will provide him the mental health care and support he needs. He clearly believes fiction is reality and that’s all the more reason he needs help.

Her attorneys, Delaware-based Carolyn McNeice and lead attorney Mark Dycio, have also chimed in one day after a protection order hearing ended in Kent County (Del.) Family Court.

From McNeice:

“The testimony will reflect Mr. Busch’s assistant admitted to him assaulting her, and Kurt begrudingly admitted to be [sic] being drunk and assaulting her. This is a guy who clearly has an anger problem.

“Mr. Busch’s story fell apart. He first publicly claimed nothing happened and by the end he’s testifying to putting his hands on Ms. Driscoll and “maybe” tapping her head against the wall. The Detective took the stand and said Mr. Busch testified on video that he cupped my client’s cheeks and tapped her head against the wall, as the record will reflect. He’s an abuser and he needs to be punished.”

Dycio adds the following: “I am saddened to see the path taken by Mr. Busch and his counsel. I think the public now understands why Ms. Driscoll sought counseling for Mr. Busch and why she believes a protective order is warranted.”

Driscoll alleges that Busch assaulted her inside his motorhome last September at Dover International Speedway. She is seeking a no-contact order against him.

On Tuesday afternoon, Busch elaborated further about his beliefs that Driscoll was a trained assassin – something that he and several others said Driscoll claimed she was during the previous day’s testimony.

While doing so, he talked about a particular covert mission of hers that, according to him, had her return to their hotel room in El Paso, Texas wearing a blood-stained gown.

When asked why he still believed Driscoll was an assassin, Busch said: “Everybody on the outside can tell me I’m crazy, but I lived on the inside and saw it firsthand…Sorry I’m the last one to the party.”

Driscoll responded by telling the Associated Press late Tuesday that Busch’s claims were not only “ludicrous and without basis” but taken “straight from a fictional movie script” that she’s been working on for eight years – and that the former Sprint Cup champion himself has proof-read.

“Not even [Busch’s attorney] Rusty Hardin believes this,” Driscoll said to the AP in reference to Busch’s assertions.

Driscoll’s comments to the AP put a cap on a day that also saw a Christian musician who performs at NASCAR outreach events and knows both Busch and Driscoll testify that the latter vowed to “destroy” Busch.

Richard Andrew Sniffen said he was told by Driscoll on the night of the alleged assault that Busch had pushed her and that she hit her head – not that he had slammed it against a bedroom wall three times as she has claimed.

Additionally, Sniffen testified that as conversations between him and Driscoll about the incident progressed over time, Driscoll’s thoughts went from reconciliation to revenge.

Busch has repeatedly denied Driscoll’s allegations. On Monday, he said that he had only cupped his hands around Driscoll’s face in their encounter and simply asked her to leave his motorhome. In Tuesday testimony, a detective with the Dover (Del.) Police Department recalled Busch’s November 2014 interview with the police in which the driver said Driscoll’s head tapped against the wall as he did that.

A court ruling on the matter is expected to be made sometime in the coming weeks.

Jon Offredo of the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal reports that Commissioner David Jones said he would rule on the order after receiving additional transcripts and closing summations from both Busch and Driscoll’s attorneys, which are due in two weeks.

Offredo’s report adds that after the hearing came to a close on Tuesday, Busch told reporters he was “just glad that the truth got told and that we’ll wait on the commissioner’s decision.” Driscoll declined to comment.

Eli Tomac wins Tampa Supercross, takes red plate home

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With his third win of the season, Eli Tomac took the red plate from Ken Roczen at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Entering with a one-point deficit, Tomac left with a four-point advantage in the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross championship hunt.

Tomac has struggled with starts so far this season. Saturday, he was part of a four-rider separation on the opening lap. He slotted in behind Adam Cianciarulo and went to school on his teammate.

“Our starts were better,” Tomac told NBCSN after the race. “That was the key. We put ourselves in a position early so that we could go to battle and ride the way we’re supposed to ride.”

Tomac claimed his 30th career win as the riders behind swapped positions. Cianciarulo and Malcolm Stewart started out with top-five runs. Both had the podium in site before they faded and gave last year’s Big Three free reign at the front of the pack.

“Early on I was just following Adam,” Tomac said. “With these short lap times I knew we had a lot of laps under our belt tonight. So I kind of just settled tonight and then made the push just before halfway.

“And I thought I’ve go to go if I’m going to go. So I was able to switch up the sand there. That was really cool with the option. A good passing spot.”

Cooper Webb finished second. It is his fifth podium of the year, but he felt he could have challenged Tomac if he had gotten through traffic a little faster. Roosters from the sand section blinded him and forced a more cautious approach from on top of his KTM.

Roczen minimized his points loss with a third-place finish. It could have been much worse. At about the halfway point, Roczen fell. Luckily for him, Cianciarulo went down on the same lap and took much longer to right his bike, which allowed Roczen to hold onto a top-three spot. Roczen ended the race nearly 11 seconds behind Webb and 18 behind Tomac.

Last year’s Big Three all stood on the podium.

Speed has not been a problem for Cianciarulo. He has been fastest in qualification every week including Tampa, but he is still learning how to get to the finish without making mistakes.

Last week Cianciarulo lost the lead late at San Diego when Webb was able to study his line. This week Cianciarulo had the opportunity to study Tomac, but he refused to simply ride and gain experience.

Earlier this week, Cianciarulo told NBC Sports: “The adversity I’ve faced – the mistakes I’ve made – have all been basically caused because of not settling. Just trying to get the absolute most I can out of every race. I guess in a way you can look at that and say it was inexperience or a rookie being a rookie.”

Cianciarulo went from second at the midway point to ninth at the checkers.

Justin Barcia and Justin Hill rounded out the top five.

Stewart had one of his best runs of the season, but he faded in the closing laps. On the final trip around the track, he nipped Jason Anderson at the line.

Shane McElrath won the opening round of the 250 East division, just as he has done in his last two 250 West openers. Feld Entertainment Inc.

250 EAST: Shane McElrath won the opening rounds of his 2017 and 2018 seasons. Both of those came at Anaheim in the 250 West division. Switching coasts did not make any difference. McElrath drew first blood in the series with a 3-second advantage over last year’s 250 East champion, Chase Sexton.

“Nobody outside of my wife and I really know what went into this year and what a hit we took last year mentally,” McElrath told NBCSN. “It was a struggle. Everybody goes through their down times, and I really had a lot of growing to do last year.”

Sexton got off to a bad start on the first lap. All the news wasn’t bad. After getting mired in the pack at the start, he picked his way through the field and settled into second about halfway through the main event. Sexton made up 8 seconds as the clock ticked but simply ran out of time.

“I didn’t execute my start like I needed to,” Sexton said. “You can’t come from fifth and expect to catch them by the end of the race.”

In his first race back after a year and a half with a broken back, Jeremy Martin stood tall on the last rung of the podium

Garrett Marchbanks and Jordan Smith rounded out the top five.

450s

Heat 1: Eli Tomac is not known for his starts. It’s time to rethink that after Heat 1. Tomac bolted to a big lead on Lap 1. … Malcolm Stewart led the field to the first corner. He slid wide exiting the corner and slipped back several spots before charging back to second. … Cooper Webb backed up his win last week with a third-place finish. … Vince Friese finished ninth to grab the final transfer. | Heat 1 Results

Heat 2: Ken Roczen stalked Adam Cianciarulo until the rookie buried his front wheel in the sand section. That stalled his momentum and allowed Roczen to take the lead. It set up a huge battle for the final battle for the top spot as the two crossed under the checkers nose to tail … Roczen won over Cianciarulo. … Zach Osborne took the final rung of the podium. … Back after a two-year hiatus, Broc Tickle finished fourth. It was like he had never been off the bike. … On Lap 1 Blake Baggett jumped into the back of Jared Lesher. They collected Joshua Cartwright, who got pinned under his bike and limped off the track. Baggett recovered to finfish eighth. … Kyle Chisholm took the final transfer position in ninth. | Heat 2 Results

LCQ: Chad Reed had to go through the LCQ, but he qualified for his 255th 450 Main where he would finish 19th. … Kyle Cunningham provided a lot of drama as time was running off the clock, but missed a corner and settled for second. Ryan Breece finished third. … Making his first Main of the season, Adam Enticknap swapped positions with Daniel Herrlien throughout the race and nipped him at the end.  | LCQ Results

250s

Heat 1: Shane Mcelrath grabbed the lead early and held it throughout the heat. He won by 14 seconds, but much of that was because of mistakes by the second- and third-place riders. … Garrett Marchbanks had a quick off early in the race. He recovered to finish second. … Jordon Smith struggled in the sand. He went down early in the sand section, but he held position for a while. A second mistake in the sand allowed his teammate Marchbanks to pass him. … The final transfer position was a barnburner as Nick Gaines held off a determined charge by Hunter Sayles on the final lap. | Heat 1 Results

Heat 2: Chase Sexton told reporters before the race that he is determined to dominate. So far so good as he let the entire heat in route to the top spot on the podium. … Jeremy Martin settled into a comfortable spot four seconds back as the battle for third heated up. … Jo Shimoda held it for a while, but was eventually overrun by RJ Hampshire, who took the final rung of the podium … Shimoda faded to fifth. … The final transfer spot went to Cedric Soubeyras. … Joey Crown finished a respectable eighth and also transferred. | Heat 2 Results

LCQ: Jimmy Decotis made his move at the right time. With less than a minute on the clock, he caught and passed Curran Thurman. … Jimmy Decotis finished third. … The battle of the night was for the final transfer spot. Jalek Swoll made a dramatic pass in the final turn, but bogged down in the whoops and allowed Isaac Teasdale to catch him at the line in a photo finish. Teasdale took the final spot | LCQ Results

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Next race: February 22, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

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