In closing arguments, Kurt Busch’s lawyers say his ex-girlfriend lied on the stand

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As part of their closing argument, attorneys for former Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch have accused his ex-girlfriend – who says Busch assaulted her inside his motorhome at Dover International Speedway in September 2014 – of lying during her testimony.

Jon Offredo of the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal reports that Busch’s lead defense attorney, Rusty Hardin, also wrote in his argument that the court should not reward Patricia Driscoll’s “perjury and scorched-earth approach of destruction” with the protection order she’s been seeking against the NASCAR star.

“There is only one person in this duo that needs protection, and it is not Patricia Driscoll – it is Kurt Busch,” Hardin added.

As for Driscoll’s own attorney, Carolyn McNeice, her summation argued that since Driscoll has said she wasn’t sure if Busch would attack her again, that should be enough to have a protection order issued.

Per Offredo’s report, McNeice also wrote that the argument from Busch’s attorney – no protection is necessary unless abuse is present and ongoing – would hinder others seeking protection from abuse in the future.

“Such a requirement would be a dangerous, impossible burden,” she wrote on that matter.

Driscoll has accused Busch of slamming her head against a wall in his motorhome three times during the September Chase for the Sprint Cup race weekend at Dover. Busch and his camp have repeatedly denied the charges, with Busch himself testifying last month that all he did in their encounter was cup Driscoll’s face and ask her to leave.

The hearing entered the national spotlight when as part of his testimony, Busch expressed his belief that Driscoll, the owner of a defense company and president of the Armed Forces Foundation, was a trained assassin.

Driscoll responded by saying Busch’s claims were taken from a movie script she had been working on and that it proved he needed counseling for issues of alcoholism and depression.

However, Hardin insists in his closing argument that she never rebutted Busch’s claims in court because she knew others would come forward.

“She easily could have retaken the stand in rebuttal and denied Mr. Busch’s testimony that she told him that she had killed people on behalf of the government,” Hardin writes, again per Offredo. “She chose not to testify under oath that Kurt’s testimony was false because she knew there were legions of people to whom she had repeated the same thing – some of whom believed her and some who did not.”

A judge is expected to soon make a final ruling on the hearing.

Will Power nips Jack Harvey at finish to pace Road America practice

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Will Power led the only IndyCar Road America practice of the weekend Saturday, shooting to the top of the chart on his 22nd and final lap of the session at 1 minute, 46.0021 seconds in his No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet.

Dixon knocked Jack Harvey’s No. 60 Dallara-Honda from the top spot (which would have marked the first time that a Meyer-Shank Racing car led practice).

Josef Newgarden, Power’s Team Penske teammate, was third, followed by Felix Rosenqvist and Ryan Hunter-Reay (who went off course late in the session but sustained no damage).

Alex Palou, Colton Herta, Graham Rahal, defending race winner Alexander Rossi and Pato O’Ward rounded out the top 10 in the practice that preceded a Saturday-Sunday race weekend doubleheader for IndyCar at Road America.

PRACTICE RESULTS: Click here to see who was fastest in the session

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IndyCar tested some new cooling devices with cars from Andretti Autosport, Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske. Several drivers have said the cockpit heat caused by the new aeroscreen was stifling during last week’s GMR Grand Prix, and IndyCar repositioned drink bottles this weekend to keep liquids cool. The pieces tried by IndyCar during the Road America practice won’t be available during the races Saturday and Sunday at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course.

Scott Dixon, who is seeking to open the season with his third consecutive IndyCar victory, was 15th fastest in the 75-minute session. Other notables in Road America practice: Marco Andretti (12th), Simon Pagenaud (19th).

Power is aiming for his second consecutive pole position after qualifying first last week on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Qualifying for the REV Group Grand Prix Race #1 will take place at 2:15 p.m. ET (NBCSNNBC Sports Gold).

The broadcast of the IndyCar race at Road America will begin at 5 p.m. on NBCSN.