In the days preceding the 2015 Daytona 500, former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch’s future looks murky.
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver was indefinitely suspended Friday evening after a Delaware court released information concerning the domestic violence case between him and ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll.
After Monday’s announcement that a protective order would be filed against the driver, the Delaware court stated Friday afternoon that he “more likely than not” committed an act of domestic violence against Driscoll.
During the incident, which occurred at Dover International Speedway last September, Busch allegedly strangled Driscoll and bashed her head against the wall inside his motorhome. The two had recently ended their relationship.
Busch was found in violation of Sections 12.1a and 12.8, which are ‘actions detrimental to stock car racing’ and ‘behavioral penalty’ respectively.
“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. He will not be allowed to race nor participate in an NASCAR activities until further notice.”
Chevrolet, the manufacturer for SHR, stated they were cutting ties with Busch soon after NASCAR’s decision.
Busch filed an appeal late Friday evening, and it was heard by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel Friday afternoon. After over three hours, the appeal was upheld by the committee. The driver is now actively pursuing a second/final appeal, which goes to Final Appeals Officer Mr. Bryan Moss.
Stewart-Haas Racing has selected Regan Smith to drive the No. 41 in Sunday’s Daytona 500. At this time, SHR has not made any announcements concerning an intern driver for the 2015 season.