NASCAR driver Kurt Busch investigated for domestic assault
NASCAR driver Kurt Busch is being investigated for domestic assault, Delaware police said Friday. Busch has not been charged.
Police in Dover, Delaware, said Busch's ex-girlfriend made the allegations Wednesday and that the alleged incident occurred in Busch's motorhome at a race. Dover is home to Dover International Speedway, where Busch finished 18th on Sept. 28.
According to The Associated Press, Busch's ex-girlfriend filed court documents which outline the allegations. The documents say Busch was upset after performing poorly in qualifying on Sept. 26.
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"He was verbally abusive to her and said he wished he had a gun so that he could kill himself," the documents say.
Driscoll said Busch, 36, called her names and accused her of "having spies everywhere and having a camera on the bus to watch him." He then jumped up, grabbed her face and smashed her head three times against the wall next to the bed, the documents say.
Driscoll says she pushed Busch away and ran from the bedroom, going to a nearby bus to put an ice pack on her head and neck. She said the incident caused her severe pain, difficulty breathing and bruising on her neck.
In a statement, NASCAR said that it was "aware of the investigation" and that would be inappropriate to comment further without additional information, according to a report from The Associated Press.
Busch's attorney, Rusty Hardin, released the following statement:
The Dover Police Department has been informed that Mr. Busch will fully cooperate with their investigation and he expects to be vindicated when the entire truth of the situation comes to light. This allegation is a complete fabrication by a woman who has refused to accept the end of a relationship and Mr. Busch vehemently denies her allegations in every respect. At this time we intend to have no further comment in the media out of respect for the Dover Police Department’s desire to conduct a thorough investigation without a media circus.
Busch, 36, is the driver of the No. 41 car for Stewart-Haas Racing. He won the Cup Series Championship in 2004.
Busch was eliminated from NASCAR's Chase for the Cup on Oct. 19.
A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 2.
- Dan Gartland