NASCAR: At Chili Bowl, Kurt Busch stays silent on legal problems


Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch was among those in attendance this week for the Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

It had to feel like a sanctuary of sorts for Busch, who was involved recently in a Delaware court hearing over his ex-girlfriend’s request to have a restraining order filed against him. Patricia Driscoll has accused Busch of assaulting her inside his motorhome last September at Dover International Raceway.

The hearing drew interest from beyond the racing world, as Busch not only denied Driscoll’s charges but testified that he thought Driscoll was a trained assassin.

Driscoll responded by saying Busch had taken his testimony from a movie script she had been working on and that he needed professional counseling to deal with alcoholism and depression.

A final decision on Driscoll’s request is expected in the coming weeks.

USA Today caught up with Busch in Tulsa, but he would not discuss his ongoing problems with Driscoll.

However, he did open up when it came to the Chili Bowl.

“The Chili Bowl is everything I thought it would be,” he said to USA Today’s Mike Hembree. “It’s unique. What I like about it is you have the up-and-comers plus the legends of open wheel. It’s a great dirt-track atmosphere.

“The only thing different from what I expected is the track itself – bigger than I expected. I expected it to be smaller and tighter. I can see where the [midget cars] are a perfect fit for this track.”

Busch indicated that he would like to drive in the event one day, which would mark another instance where he has stepped out of his comfort zone during his racing career.

In 2011, he competed in the NHRA’s Gatornationals, and last May, he ran the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. Busch placed an impressive sixth in the ‘500’ before engine failure knocked him out of the ‘600’ in Charlotte.

“I think it would be fun if everything pans out the right way,” he said of competing in one of dirt-track racing’s biggest events. “I’ve got the itch. I might end up just going to the Super Bowl for every type of cars.”

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has second surgery on fractured arm

MotoGP Marc Marquez second surgery
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Defending MotoGP series champion Marc Marquez underwent a second surgery Monday after a titanium plate inserted in his fractured right arm sustained damage. The Repsol Honda Team said in a statement that it’ll be two days before the recovery period is determined.

Marquez was injured during a crash in the July 19 season opener. He underwent an initial surgery July 21 in Barcelona, and doctors said there was no nerve damage.

The eight-time champion was cleared to race in the season’s second event Jerez. But Marquez decided to skip the July 26 race after experiencing discomfort while riding the No. 93 bike in a July 25 practice.

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He had planned to race in Sunday’s grand prix at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic in hopes of returning to defend his title. His status for Sunday apparently will be unclear until at least Wednesday.

In a statement Monday, the team said the titanium plate in Marquez’s right arm successfully was replaced after stress accumulation. Marquez will stay in the hospital for two days recovering.

Dr Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, said in the release that “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.

“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”