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.”