Published on February 21st, 2015 | by Michael J Smith0
NASCAR Suspends Kurt Busch
Stewart Haas Racing driver Kurt Busch has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR following a finding that Busch committed an act of domestic violence against his former girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll.
Busch’s suspension was a behavior penalty, and a result of being found to have committed “actions detrimental to stock car racing.” As a result, Busch will miss the season opening Dayton 500.
Regan Smith has been named as the replacement Busch in the No. 41 SHR Chevy.
Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, said:
NASCAR has made it very clear to our entire membership and the broader industry that any actions of abuse will not be tolerated in the industry. I want to make it clear that any inference that there is a culture or tolerance for this type of behavior is patently false.
Busch has the right to appeal the suspension, and that process will be expedited.
Busch has chosen to appeal. His appeal will be heard by a three-person panel on Saturday. Busch will not be allowed to have legal representation present at the appeal.
SHR co-owner Tony Stewart said that regardless of the outcome of the appeal, Smith will remain in the No. 41 until further notice.
In addition, Chevy has also suspended its relationship with Busch indefinitely.
This is the third time in his career that Busch has missed races as the result of disciplinary actions.
In 2005, Busch was released from Roush Fenway Racing after he was cited for reckless driving, and becoming belligerent with police officers near Phoenix International Raceway. In 2012, Busch was suspended for verbal abusing a media member at Dover International Speedway.