Delaware declines to charge Kurt Busch

Reid Spencer - NASCAR Wire Service Friday, Mar 06 1656
Citing the lack of admissible evidence and the improbability of obtaining a conviction, Delaware Department of Justice announced on Thursday it has declined to proceed with domestic abuse charges against driver Kurt Busch.

Busch, however, remains suspended indefinitely from all NASCAR activities until he completes a reinstatement program delineated by the sanctioning body.

Busch was suspended Feb. 20 after a commissioner in the State of Delaware Family Court determined Busch more likely than not had committed an act of domestic violence against former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll on Sept. 26 at Dover International Speedway.

“NASCAR is aware of the Delaware Department of Justice announcement (Thursday) regarding driver Kurt Busch,” NASCAR said in a statement released on Thursday afternoon. “As we disclosed Monday, he has accepted the terms and conditions of a reinstatement program and is actively participating in the program.

“Kurt Busch’s eligibility for reinstatement will continue to be governed by that program and the NASCAR Rule Book, though the elimination of the possibility of criminal charges certainly removes a significant impediment to his reinstatement.”