Kurt Busch meets with the media, talks about his time away from NASCAR

Kurt Busch met with the media Wednesday. (Getty Images)
Kurt Busch met with the media Wednesday. (Getty Images)
Kurt Busch met with the media Wednesday. (Getty Images)

Hours after NASCAR reinstated him, Kurt Busch met with the media Wednesday. The embattled driver has remained mostly silent since his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll accused him of domestic battery last year.

The incident occurred while NASCAR was at Dover International Speedway during the weekend of Sept. 26-28 last year. In November, Driscoll reported the incident to police and filed for the protective order at the same time alleging that Busch was verbally abusive and that he wished he “had a gun so he could kill himself.” As a result of the incident Driscoll asked a Delaware court that Busch,36, be evaluated by a psychiatrist and that he stay away from her and her son and that a protective order be issued. The hearing for that protective order wrapped up several January 13. The protective order was granted by the court on Feb. 16.

Busch was suspended by NASCAR on Feb. 20. The suspension came after the commissioner in Delaware published his reasoning for issuance of the protective order. Busch appealed the suspension and was denied by NASCAR. Last Thursday the Delaware Attorney General’s office said that no charges will be filed in the domestic battery complaint.  Wednesday NASCAR cleared Busch to return to competition. The sanctioning body released a statement saying that he will remain under indefinite probation and be subject to additional mandatory requirements that NASCAR said includes, but are not limited to participation in a treatment program and full compliance with any judicial requirements placed upon him.

“It means the world to me to be back in the car,” Busch told reporters MORE>>>

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