NASCAR Betting – Kurt Busch Gets Bad Ruling and Suspension From NASCAR

  • Updated: February 27, 2015
  • Nascar Betting

    Kurt Busch had been waiting all week to find out whether he was going to be able to race in the Daytona 500. Well, he finally got word on Friday afternoon, and the news comes as something that might be rather shocking to NASCAR bettors, as well as fans who will be watching “The Great American Race” on Sunday.

    The fate of Busch rested in the hands of the Delaware Family Court, as he had a case of domestic violence hanging over his head. It was determined “by a preponderance of the evidence” that he had strangled his ex-girlfriend, before smashing her head into the wall of his motor home.

    The ruling on this incident, which happened last September at Dover international Speedway set into motion a chain of events that will likely keep Busch on the sidelines for quite some time. Not only was he suspended by NASCAR, which will keep him out of Sunday’s race and most probably well beyond, he also lost the support of Chevrolet, his manufacturer.


    While Bush had not been charged formally with a crime, the court issued a protective order, which requires him to stay at least 100 yards away from his ex-girlfriend and also her home or workplace. He is also prohibited from contacting her by phone, email and in any other way. This order is good through February 16 of next year.

    The incident involving the former couple was the result of some previous argument between them, which apparently had come about after Bush was frustrated with the showing at the NASCAR race in New Hampshire. They fought in the car on the way to the airport in Boston, and the ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, drove off leaving him without his luggage. She drove to meet him and over the next night, apparently in the spirit of reconciliation, but that is where the incident of domestic violence ensued.

    Busch had every expectation that he was going to be able to participate at Daytona, and he was part of a number of NASCAR betting props, Including one where he was priced at -260 to make it into the annual Chase for the Cup, NASCAR’s version of the playoffs. But now the organization has banned him from any and all activities related to the Sprint Cup series until further notice.

    As most people know, Busch was the 2004 Sprint Cup champion, and now he becomes the first driver ever to have been suspended by NASCAR for an issue related to domestic violence. Bush’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, says that he will appeal the case, and NASCAR will most likely deal with it rather expeditiously.

    Bush has had incidents off the track before. And they have heard him in his relationships with his teams. But he seemed to be doing well with Stewart Haas Racing, to the extent that they allowed him to run in both the Coca-Cola 600 Indianapolis 500 on the same day last year. He actually did very well at Indy, finishing sixth.

    Driscoll issued a statement about the action that NASCAR took: “I’m very encouraged that NASCAR is taking steps to recognize that domestic violence is a serious issue, and I hope that we see them develop a very clear policy on it.”

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