Friday, February 13, 2015

Stewart: Team Has Plan If Kurt Busch Can't Race in Daytona 500

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch speaks to the media during the 2015 NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 12, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (February 11, 2015 - Source: Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America)
Tony Stewart said the Stewart-Haas Racing team has a contingency plan ready if Kurt Busch cannot drive in the Daytona 500.

Busch is still waiting to hear whether he will face charges for an alleged Sept. 26 assault of his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll at Dover International Speedway.

Driscoll, who brought her claims to police Nov. 5, alleges that Busch put his hands on her neck and smashed her head against his motor home wall three times. Busch has testified that he cupped her cheeks and repeatedly asked her to leave after she came to his motor home uninvited. The Delaware attorney general's office has not given a timeline on when it will decide whether to charge Busch.

NASCAR officials have indicated that they will wait to see whether charges are filed before disciplining Busch, who also awaits word from a Kent County (Del.) Family Court commissioner on Driscoll's request for a protective order from the 2004 Sprint Cup champion.

"We're waiting to see, and I'm very hopeful we won't have to worry about it," Stewart said Friday. (ESPN)