NASCAR suspends driver Kurt Busch over reported domestic violence

Kurt Busch (file photo)
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NASCAR has suspended Kurt Busch days after a judge ordered him to stay away from his ex-girlfriend.

The suspension stems from an incident last September at Dover International Speedway. Busch is accused of physically assaulting his former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll.

Charges have not been filed against Busch, but Driscoll received an order of protection in Delaware on Monday. In a 25-page opinion Friday explaining why he issued the no-contact order this week, the judge said it was more likely than not that Busch "manually strangled" Driscoll in his motorhome and smashed her head into a wall.
    
Busch has denied the alleged assault, which is the subject of a separate criminal investigation, but the judge said Driscoll's version of events was more credible than Busch's.
    
At the same time, however, the judge said he believed that Driscoll presented false testimony at times during the hearing on her request for the no-contact order.

Busch filed a motion to re-open the case on Thursday.

He was scheduled to make his 24th start in the Daytona 500 this Sunday, but instead will be replaced by Regan Smith.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)