Kurt Busch Is Indefinitely Suspended From NASCAR Competition

Kurt Busch Is Indefinitely Suspended From NASCAR Competition

by February 20, 2015 0 comments

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By: Hunter Thomas
Twitter: @HutnerThomas08

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – On Friday night at Daytona International Speedway, Kurt Busch was indefinitely suspended from NASCAR competition for “actions detrimental to stock car racing” and will not compete in the 57th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

Back in September of 2014 at Dover International Speedway, Busch was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll by slamming her head against the wall of his motor home. On Monday, the Family Court of the State of Delaware issued an Order of Protection from Abuse.

Kurt Busch was found to have violated in NASCAR’s Rule Book, Section 12.1.a: Actions detrimental to stock car racing; and Section 12.8: Behavioral Penalty. In response, NASCAR issued the following statement on Friday night:

“Given the serious nature of the findings and conclusions made by the Commissioner of the Family Court of the State of Delaware, NASCAR has indefinitely suspended driver Kurt Busch, effective immediately. He will not be allowed to race nor participate in any NASCAR activities until further notice.

“Kurt Busch and his Stewart-Haas Racing team are fully aware of our position and why this decision was made. We will continue to respect the process and timetable of the authorities involved.”

NASCAR stated in a press conference on Friday night at Daytona International Speedway that Busch does have the option to appeal his indefinite suspension.

Following the indefinite suspension, Chevrolet issued the following the statement:

“Chevrolet has suspended its relationship with Kurt Busch indefinitely,” Jim Campbell, Chevrolet Vice President of Motorsports and Performance Vehicles said. “We will continue to monitor the events surrounding Mr. Busch and are prepared to take additional action if necessary.”

Stewart-Haas Racing has not formally named a replacement driver for Sunday’s Daytona 500 or any following events.

UPDATE: Stewart-Haas Racing announced on Friday night that Regan Smith will be the interim driver for the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet during the Daytona 500 on Sunday. The team will announce a driver for Atlanta Motor Speedway, as well as for other events at a later date.

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

Follow Hunter Thomas on Twitter by following, @HunterThomas08

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