Monday, February 16, 2015

Judge Rules Against Kurt Busch; Busch Ordered to Stay Away From Driscoll

Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (February 13, 2015 - Source: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images North America)
Kurt Busch must stay away from ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, a Kent County (Del.) Family Court commissioner determined Monday.

What likely worries Busch more is whether he will have to stay away from the racetrack.

With the Daytona 500 scheduled for Sunday, Busch has not been disciplined by NASCAR for an alleged assault Sept. 26 at Dover International Speedway. NASCAR, in a statement late Monday afternoon, said it will take no immediate action against Busch. The sanctioning body indicated it will wait for more information from the family court (the written opinion and conclusions are expected by the end of the week) and possibly a decision from the Delaware attorney general on whether it will seek criminal charges.

"As we stated earlier, NASCAR fully recognizes the serious nature of this specific situation and the broader issue of domestic violence," the NASCAR statement said. "We will continue to gather information and monitor this situation very closely, and we expect our members to conduct themselves properly."

Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas, whose company's Haas Automation logo is on Busch's car and uniform, has repeatedly said he would not pull Busch from the car. SHR executive vice president Joe Custer said in a statement Monday that the team will wait for a decision from the attorney general before taking any action.

"These are serious allegations and we do not take them lightly," Custer said Monday. "We are relying on the authorities in Delaware and their collective experience to identify all the facts." (ESPN)