Friday, November 7, 2014

More Big Trouble for Kurt Busch


After re-reading my post of yesterday, NASCAR Race Mom fears that she presented as jumping to the conclusion that NASCAR Star Kurt Busch was guilty. However, that was not the theme of this story. While he admits that an argument took place, Kurt Busch adamantly denies any physical abuse between him and his ex-girlfriend. Further it has been reported that Ms. Driscoll waited six weeks before reporting the domestic violence allegations to go to police; which hinders the investigation and blurs the evidence.

The only unquestionable detail in this “he said – she said” is that young Houston will be negatively affected no matter how the ending emerges.


Kurt Busch and Houston during a happier time at the
2014 “Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400
at the Brickyard Powered by”
Busch has a history of run-ins on and off the track with drivers, NASCAR officials and reporters. Further, he was suspended by Roush Racing for the last two races of the 2005 season after police cited him for reckless driving.

More recently, who can forget the fan video which featured 2004 NASCAR Cup Champion verbally abusing ESPN pit road reporter Dr. Jerry Punch during the 2011 season finale. Busch was fined $50,000 by NASCAR after the clip was posted on YouTube.

Then Kurt was assessed a one race suspension in 2012 for verbally abusing a reporter. When Sporting News reporter Bob Pockrass asked Busch whether being on probation affected his performance on the track, Busch berated Pockrass.

"It refrains me from not beating the (expletive) out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions," Busch replied. "But since I'm on probation, I suppose that's improper to say as well."

Notwithstanding, the currant news that Kurt Busch is under investigation for domestic violence against his now ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll came as a shock to NASCAR Race Mom.

Equally as shocking is the severity of the details of the alleged assault. Driscoll, an executive for a small Washington, D.C.-based defense consulting firm and president of the Armed Forces Foundation, a nonprofit for veterans, has filed court documents asking that a judge order Busch to stay away from her and her young son Houston. She also is asking that Busch undergo a psychiatric evaluation and be evaluated by a certified domestic violence treatment agency.

The documents, filed Wednesday, state that Busch was despondent the night of September 26, 2014 after his poor performance at the qualifying session. In addition to verbal abuse, it is alleged that the NASCAR Driver grabbed Ms. Driscoll’s face and smashed her head three times against the wall next to the bed in his motorhome. Ms. Driscoll pushed him away and fled to another motorhome.

An attorney for Busch said he was cooperating with the investigation.

"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," attorney Rusty Hardin said in an emailed statement.

NASCAR said it was aware of the situation and gathering information. However, Busch is cleared to race this weekend.

NASCAR Race Mom is concerned for all involved. Busch's talent has never been doubted. However his cantankerous temperament has scared away fans, sponsors, and rides with deep-pocketed owners Jack Roush and Penske fizzled.

If these allegations prove true, Busch who has seen a sports psychologist to learn to tame his emotions, might just find himself without a NASCAR Ride; a shame for this talented driver who can boast of twenty-five career Cup wins and the 2004 championship.


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interesting stuff

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