Dover Police Investigating Domestic Abuse Claim Involving Kurt Busch
Updated at 3 p.m. ET with statements from Kurt Busch’s attorney, Rusty Hardin.
By Matt Weaver — Police in Dover, Delaware are investigating a domestic assault claim made against 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion @KurtBusch.
The Dover Police Department said in a Friday afternoon statement that the allegations were made on Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET. According to an Associated Press story, the allegations were filed by Busch’s ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, for an incident that occurred inside a motorhome during the fall race weekend at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 26-28.
The following is from the Associated Press:
The documents, filed Wednesday, say Busch was despondent the night of Sept. 26 after his poor performance at the qualifying session.
“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, Driscoll says in the documents.
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.
A hearing in the case is scheduled for Dec. 2.
Busch has not been charged with a crime. The team he competes for, Stewart-Haas Racing, has acknowledged that it is aware of the ongoing investigation.
“This is an allegation Stewart-Haas Racing takes very seriously, but we’re still gathering all of the facts and are not in a position to comment in greater detail,” the team said in a statement.
NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Brett Jewkes said in a separate statement that the Sanctioning Body is aware of the investigation and will continue to monitor the situation as information is made available.
“We recognize the seriousness of this matter and are actively gathering information from all parties, including law enforcement authorities and Stewart-Haas Racing,” Jewkes said. “It would be inappropriate for NASCAR to comment further on this matter until we have more information.”
Busch was inside his car at Phoenix International Raceway for Sprint Cup Series first practice when the charges were first made public. His attorney, Rusty Hardin, released the following statement during the session:
“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. “