The attorney for Kurt Busch’s ex-girlfriend denied claims from Busch’s attorneys that Patricia Driscoll lied on the stand during a recent protection order hearing in Delaware.
Carolyn McNeice also wrote in her rebuttal of closing arguments that Busch and his camp have attempted to destroy Driscoll’s reputation in order to take focus off her allegations that Busch slammed her head three times into the wall of his motorhome during the September 2014 NASCAR weekend at Dover International Speedway.
Closing arguments from both McNeice and Busch’s lead defense attorney, Rusty Hardin, were filed on Wednesday. A final decision on the hearing is expected soon.
In his argument, Hardin not only made the claim that Driscoll perjured herself but questioned why she never rebutted Busch’s claim in his own testimony that she was a trained assassin. Per Offredo’s report, McNeice wrote in her Thursday rebuttal that Driscoll didn’t have to since she already did when asked in cross-examination.
Driscoll seeks a protection order against Busch and, according to court filings, she also wants him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation as well as an evaluation from a domestic violence treatment agency.
Busch has denied all charges and has testified that all he did in his encounter with Driscoll at Dover was cup her face and calmly ask her to leave his motorhome.
The magic of dirt racing wins for Kyle Larson continued Thursday night at Knoxville Raceway, where he scored his third consecutive World of Outlaws victory at the famed half-mile track to open “The One and Only.”
After starting 10th, Larson sliced through the field and passed pole-sitter Logan Schuchart to lead the final eight laps in the No. 57 of car owner Paul Silva.
“Just an awesome race,” Larson said after earning $10,000 for his second consecutive NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory (after winning at Pevely, Missouri, last Saturday), his sixth Outlaws victory this season and 14th of his career.
“I was able to track Logan down and hit the bottom really well in (turns) 1 and 2 and got a run on him. It felt like I needed to take advantage of that before we got to heavier traffic and slid him and felt some contact. So, glad to see him not in the wall or anything like that. Just, hard work there. Heartbeat is up again.”
The One and Only continues Friday night with another $10,000 feature race that will set the starting lineup for Saturday’s Brownells Capitani Classic, which pays $50,000 to win.
The event is the Outlaws’ richest purse of 2020 and subs in for the annual Knoxville Nationals, which was canceled for COVID-19 concerns. Larson, a two-time Knoxville Nationals runner-up, has said winning The One and Only would be on the same as Knoxville’s signature event because of its tough three-day format.
Through the first of three nights, Schuchart and Larson are tied for second in The One and Only points standings, which factor in qualifying, heats, dash and feature races. Aaron Reutzel, an All Star Circuit of Champions stalwart who finished third Thursday, leads with 430 points.
A crash in Thursday’s 25-lap feature eliminated past Outlaws champions Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz after Cory Eliason spun in front of Sweet in Turn 1 to start the wreck, which also collected Sweet’s teammate, James McFadden. Sweet and Schatz finished outside the top 20, which moved Schuchart into the points lead for the 2020 season.
Schuchart still seemed slightly miffed after finishing second to Larson.
“As the race went on, I felt like I wasn’t hitting my marks as good,” he said. “I would have liked to of had a little bit better of a race with Kyle there. I wish his slide job was a little better there, but he’s got a reputation to live up to. That’s where you let other people make the rules and maybe we’ll get him next time.”