CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kyle Busch has a message to those who have confused him with his brother, Kurt, in reporting about Kurt Busch’s recent court case.
“I think it’s stupid, I think people need to do a little bit more background before they write names or say names,’’ Kyle Busch said Monday during the NASCAR Sprint Cup media tour. “It’s not that hard to differentiate between two people that have the same last name. I think people need to do a better job and not be so slackish.’’
There have been some instances where Kyle Busch has been pictured or mentioned instead of his brother in the recent news about a hearing in a Dover, Del., family court involving Kurt Busch and his ex-girlfriend.
The case is a protective hearing order sought by Patricia Driscoll and gained national headlines after Kurt Busch said in court he believed Driscoll was a trained assassin. Summations are due shortly and a decision is expected soon afterward.
The Dover Police Department investigated Driscoll’s claim that Kurt Busch allegedly assaulted her in his motorhome in September at Dover International Speedway. The state Attorney General’s office has the report but has not yet decided if to pursue charges.
Kyle Busch was asked Monday how his brother is doing.
“Couldn’t tell you,’’ Kyle Busch said. “Haven’t spoken to him. Don’t know nothing. Trying to stay away from it all and let him handle his business.’’
Asked how feels about seeing his brother go through what he has, Kyle Busch said: “Obviously, it’s got to be painful for him. You don’t ever want to see anybody have to go through this sort of thing. Besides not getting too far involved in it, it’s about all I want to say.’’
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists
IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.