Published on March 11th, 2015 | by Michael J Smith0
NASCAR Lifts Kurt Busch’s Suspension
NASCAR has lifted the suspension of Kurt Busch, allowing him to return to the No. 41 Stewart Haas Racing Chevy at Phoenix International Raceway.
As part of the agreement to lift his suspension, Busch will be on indefinite probation and subjected to mandatory requirements including particpation in a treatment program, and full compliance with any judicial decisions in regards to his case.
Busch was indefinitely suspended for violating Sections 12.1.a (Actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12.8 (Behavioral Penalty) of the NASCAR rule book in connection with a court case in which he was found to have committed an act of domestic violence against his former girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll.
To gain reinstatement, Busch completed the mandatory behavioral assessments and complied with all requirements for reinstatement. The behavioral health expert who conducted the sessions with Busch recommended that he be reinstated.
NASCAR has waived the requirement that a driver must participate in all events to be Chase-elligible, and will allow Busch to compete for the Chase. But, because he missed the first three races, he has no championship points and must dig himself out of that hole.
Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, said:
As we stated last week, the elimination of the possibility of criminal charges removed a significant impediment to Kurt Busch’s return to full status as a NASCAR member. We therefore have decided to move him to indefinite probation and waive the Chase requirement. He has fully complied with our reinstatement program during his suspension and the health care expert who conducted his evaluation recommended his immediate return. We have made it very clear to Kurt Busch our expectations for him moving forward, which includes participation in a treatment program and full compliance with all judicial requirements as a result of his off-track behavior.
Stewart Haas Racing has also released a statement:
We appreciate the steps Kurt Busch has made while following NASCAR’s process for reinstatement. He has taken this path seriously, which allowed him to return to our race team. With his reinstatement and the conclusion by the Delaware Attorney General to not file charges, our focus is on the future.