Report: Closing statements expected to be filed today in Kurt Busch hearing

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A conclusion to the protection order hearing involving former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch is getting closer.

Jon Offredo of the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal reports that closing arguments in the hearing are expected to be filed today by attorneys.

Busch’s ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, has alleged that Busch assaulted her in his motorhome during last September’s NASCAR race weekend at Dover International Speedway.

She not only seeks a protection order against Busch, but also wants him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and another one from a domestic violence treatment agency.

Earlier this month, Busch again denied Driscoll’s charges and also made national headlines when he testified that Driscoll was a trained assassin. Driscoll responded to Busch’s claims by saying he took his testimony from a movie script she had been developing for the better part of a decade, and that he needed counseling for alcoholism and depression.

The hearing also had a witness testify that Driscoll said she would “destroy” Busch in a conversation between them after the incident allegedly took place.

Following the end of testimony, Busch would not discuss his legal woes while in attendance at the Chili Bowl Nationals. But during last week’s NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte, he reasserted his claims by telling reporters that “what I said was under oath.”

The Delaware Attorney General’s office has had the Dover (Del.) Police Department’s investigation report for several weeks now. It has not yet decided on whether it will pursue charges against Busch.

Scott Dixon fastest on the second day of Indianapolis 500 practice

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Scott Dixon was fastest on the second day of Indy 500 practice Thursday, turning a lap at 226.102 mph in his No. 9 Dallara-Honda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Takuma Sato was second, followed by Marco Andretti, Conor Daly and rookie Alex Palou.

The rest of the top 10 were: Colton Herta, Charlie Kimball, James Hinchcliffe, Fernando Alonso and James Davison.

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The session had one incident as Alonso crashed with just less than an hour left in the session. The Arrow McLaren SP driver was optimistic that the car could be repaired without a backup.

Among the other notables on the speed chart Thursday: Ryan Hunter-Reay (11th); Tony Kanaan (14th); Helio Castroneves (16th); Josef Newgarden (18th); Graham Rahal (19th); Will Power (23rd); Alexander Rossi (26th) and defending race winner Simon Pagenaud (27th).

Felix Rosenqvist (24th) and rookie Dalton Kellett turned the most laps (141) around the 2.5-mile oval.

Teams mostly focused on race setup Thursday as they will receive 80 extra horsepower in the “Fast Friday” practice that will feature speeds above 230 mph for qualifying Saturday and Sunday.

The Indy 500 will take place Aug. 23; coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with the green flag at 2:30 p.m.

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