NASCAR Suspends Sprint Cup Driver Kurt Busch ‘Indefinitely’ Over Abuse Allegations


by Scott Aberdeen | Top Right Sports

Just two days before the flagship Daytona 500 race, NASCAR has suspended Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch “indefinitely” for actions detrimental to stock car racing, in a Friday announcement.

Earlier Friday it was ruled that Busch smashed his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll’s head against his motor home wall Sept. 26 at Dover International Speedway, according to the conclusions of a Kent County (Del.) family court commissioner who granted Driscoll’s request for a protective order Monday.

This is the first time NASCAR has ever taken such a step over domestic abuse allegations. Busch has strongly denied the allegations, and made counter-allegations of abuse against Driscoll.

“Given the serious nature of the findings and conclusions made by the Commissioner of the Family Court of the State of Delaware, NASCAR has indefinitely suspended driver Kurt Busch, effective immediately,” NASCAR said in a statement. “He will not be allowed to race nor participate in any NASCAR activities until further notice.

“Kurt Busch and his Stewart-Haas Racing team are fully aware of our position and why this decision was made. We will continue to respect the process and timetable of the authorities involved.”

NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell said Friday that NASCAR would expedite any appeal by Busch. An expedited appeal could occur before the race Sunday.

Analysts says NASCAR’s “unprecedented” actions were “clearly influenced” by  incidents in the NFL this past season, particularly with former Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice, and criticism the NFL received for its delayed response.

“As we stated last year, NASCAR fully recognized the serious nature of the specific situation involving Kurt Busch and really the broader issue of domestic violence,” said O’Donnell, who did not take questions from the media during a brief news conference. “Based on our review of the available details, including the court’s findings that were released earlier today, NASCAR has indefinitely suspended driver Kurt Busch.”

O’Donnell, who resigned his spot on the board of Driscoll’s Armed Forces Foundation late last year, disputed comments from Driscoll that indicated that other women in the NASCAR industry have been abused by others in the NASCAR community.

“NASCAR has made it very clear to our entire membership and the broader industry that any actions of abuse will not be tolerated in the industry,” O’Donnell said. “We want to make it clear that any inference that there is a culture or tolerance for this type of behavior is patently false.”

Busch had been scheduled to race Sunday at Daytona International Speedway, where he was slated to start 24th in the Daytona 500, the sport’s biggest event.

“We understand NASCAR’s position regarding Kurt Busch and accept their decision,” Stewart-Haas Racing executive vice president Joe Custer said in a statement. “We are in the midst of finalizing our plans for the Daytona 500 and we will announce those details as soon as we’re ready.”

Chevrolet was quick to cut ties with Busch following NASCAR’s announcement.

“Chevrolet has suspended its relationship with Kurt Busch indefinitely,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet vice president of Motorsports and Performance Vehicles in a statement. “We will continue to monitor the events surrounding Mr. Busch and are prepared to take additional action if necessary.”

Prior to this breaking news, Driscoll sat down with GMA’s Michael Strahan to discuss her allegations — and his:

  • A NASCAR fan for Truth

    Please change the title and put the right person’s name in. This is libelous as Kyle Bush had nothing to do with this action.

  • deb

    How long will it take to fix the headline???

  • Chewable Germ

    Who cares about some rednecks driving cars in a circle?

    • Wiggle D

      Other rednecks.

    • Jim Walker

      and what sport do you watch ????? diving?? ping pong??

      • Chewable Germ


  • Rick Hounddoggie Hundley

    As much as I hate domestic violence I hate the way government and employers are involved in the private lives of people. This has nothing to do with racing. Same with NFL. You have violent sports which i love football and racing then you expect people to be angels. What happens to workers if everybody’s life was put on a screen and only the perfect can work? There would be no workers only bosses. Let the authorities do their job if a law is violated but employers stay out of employees private lives. btw I am not a Bush fan…just an on looker.

    • Wiggle D

      There is nothing wrong with having a morality clause in all sports and business contracts. Makes the employer look bad to keep employing someone who has committed atrocities, true or not.

      • avengeflipper

        except he’s denying it

      • CmE

        What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty? I don’t think it’s right that they’ve decided this based on allegations that have not been substantiated.

    • Chloe Rowles

      They aren’t intruding into private lives; these disciplinary actions have taken place AFTER the violence case ends up in the justice system.. and are public record/information.

  • NNNNNNNNNNoooClintonplz

    HE was prob jealous. She was prob doing stuff that make men nuts. HE needs someone who will not bring that out in him. LET her find someone else that does not care what she does. I know some men are pathological and some women are blameless. From what I have seen about this one she is not that.

  • D. Schuler

    Whoever wrote the headline and supposedly proof-read it need to be fired. Not good for your credibility.

  • Dana Gonder

    First off I am not a Kurt Bush fan, but Nascar should stay out of this until the court decision is final. He is completely innocent until proven guilty.

    • Scooter

      He is not “completely innocent” until proven guilty … he is “PRESUMED innocent until proven guilty.

      • Dana Gonder

        my point exactly

    • David Michael

      It is common in many career fields for an employee who is charged with a crime to be suspended until the resolution of the charges. You can’t pick and choose. An employee is also not entitled to the Constitutional due process clause. That applies entirely to a citizen charged with violating government established law. Nothing to see here folks, please move along…

  • James Carney Sr.


    • Wiggle D

      There is an error on the headline, but if you read the article, it says KURT.

  • D. Schuler

    32 minutes since the first person commented that the headline had the wrong name. Still not fixed.

  • Jo Ann Fox Selmer

    The headliner says KYLE Busch…it is KURT not Kyle!!!

  • a women who been there

    she make it all up. its all about get her name out there she gives women who have been beat up a bad name

  • Mike Brasher

    Still trying to figure our what his personal life has to do with his ability to race? They’ve convicted him before the courts did.

  • The Gecko

    I could understand the suspension if KB had been arrested and charged with domestic violence, at least until his trial when he is actually found to be guilty or innocent, but to suspend him indefinitely over a Restraining Order. That’s wrong.

  • AZTom

    Has he been charged? Has he been tried? Has he been convicted? If not, there isn’t a man out there that cannot be ruined for life with nothing more than a woman’s allegation.

  • aurora

    What ever happened to innocent till proven guilty in this county? And who has a right to punish people the law or everyone? Vigilantes are wrong in taking matters into their own hands but it’s ok for certain sports places to call the shots.

  • UGH

    Im not a fan of Bush or abuse of any kind but as usual in this country…. this comment will piss people off but if your a white male your gonna get hammered, i cant understand this if he is guilty the courts will decide the penalty if he’s not his name has been abused, why would you take his job. I’m fifty and ive seen woman do some terrible things to men, lying cheating mind games yet no charges most of the men i know would rather have there ass kicked rather than go through that.I know a man that was married for 27 years his wife was cheating on him devastated him he still lost it all, home a very large business his will for along time happens alot. Now Bush might be guilty but we sure as hell don’t know.

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