CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kurt Busch didn’t back down Tuesday from his testimony about ex-girlfirend Patricia Driscoll but said he didn’t know when a decision would be made in the protective hearing case.
Busch has been a part of national headlines after testifying earlier this month that he believed Driscoll was a trained assassin. He also stated that she repeatedly asserted she was and claimed the work took her on missions across Central and South American and Africa.
Busch reasserted his claim Tuesday: “What I said was under oath.’’
Busch was not as definitive on other matters during the NASCAR Sprint Cup media tour. Dover Police have investigated a claim of domestic abuse by Busch against Driscoll and submitted the report to the state’s attorney general. No decision has been made if to seek charges against Busch. The protective hearing against Busch was held in December and earlier this month and is awaiting a judge’s decision. A decision is expected any time.
“We just have to wait on the decision from the Dover Police department and the investigation that is still ongoing,’’ Busch said. “We’ll see how that all turns out.’’
NASCAR has not reacted against Busch.
“We’re continuing to monitor the situation with Kurt, and we’re going to let the facts play out,’’ said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president, echoing comments NASCAR Chairman Brian France has said since November.
Car owner Gene Haas defended Busch and said the team does not have a contingency plan to replace him.
Driscoll described Busch as alcoholic and depressed in court testimony. Haas questioned that characterization.
“Every time I’ve been with Kurt Busch at dinner I’ve never seen him drink,” Haas said. “I never saw that personally. I think he’s a stable person, he’s a fun person to be around.’’
The invite has been received, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. has another iRacing event on his schedule.
The NASCAR on NBC analyst tweeted Wednesday that he will make his debut in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge with Saturday’s race at Michigan Speedway. The race will be shown live on NBCSN at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday.
The 2-mile oval was chosen by IndyCar drivers as the third track in the six-race series. Earnhardt heartily endorsed Michigan as a potential iRacing venue Monday along with Daytona and Talladega. Michigan nearly was selected by fans as the opener in the iRacing Challenge.
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Earnhardt, a longtime avid iRacing fan, had been lobbying since last Thursday that he was interested in racing with IndyCar drivers.
He has driven in the first three races of the eNASCAR Pro Invitational, finishing second to Denny Hamlin in the opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Last year, he attended his first Indianapolis 500, working as an analyst as part of NBC Sports’ inaugural broadcast of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
“I’d love to do it,” Earnhardt said Monday about joining the IndyCar iRacing Challenge. “I think I’d love to get to know those guys.
“I had such a great time at the Indy 500 last year, and the reception that I received from other drivers there really meant a lot to me. So I know they’re all a lot of great dudes in that series that I already know that I’d love to get to know some of them even better.”
It already has been quite the week for Earnhardt, who was announced Monday as one of 15 nominees for the 2021 NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The field for Saturday’s race at Michigan should include another NASCAR driver in Jimmie Johnson. The seven-time Cup champion has driven the first two races of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge (and has plans to race IndyCar part time in the future).