For the first time since 2001, there will not be a Busch taking the green flag at the start of the Daytona 500, NASCAR’s premiere and season opening race.
Earlier this week, older brother Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 car in the Sprint Cup Series, was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for violating two of the racing organization’s policies – sections 12.1.a: Actions detrimental to stock car racing and section 12.8: Behavioral Penalty.
The penalties stem from a September 24 incident in which Busch allegedly assaulted his former girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, in his motor coach during a race weekend at Dover International Speedway. After the Family Court of the State of Delaware made a decision on Monday to issue an Order of Protection from Abuse against him, NASCAR followed suit and suspended Busch indefinitely.
Today, Busch lost a series of appeals and will now have to wait for a series of guidelines to be issued to him from NASCAR that he must follow before reinstatement.
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Kyle Busch Fractures Leg and Foot
And the bad news for the Busch family kept coming this weekend. During the 112th lap of the NASCAR’s XFINITY series race tonight, Kyle Busch was caught in a melee that sent his car crashing into the infield wall, suffering a fractured leg and foot. Reports from Busch’s team say that he underwent surgery Saturday night successfully and is currently resting.
Kyle’s usually drives the #18 car in NASCAR’s premiere Sprint Cup series, but it will be driven by Matt Crafton for Sunday’s Daytona 500 race while Kurt’s #41 car will be driven by Regan Smith.