Early report foretold Kurt Busch’s suspension by NASCAR

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR has indefinitely suspended Kurt Busch, according to a report by The Charlotte Observer that cites unnamed sources.

NASCAR had no comment Friday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona 500 is Sunday; Busch is slated to start 24th. Multiple reports state that Regan Smith will replace Busch this weekend.

Earlier Friday, a Kent County (Del.) Family Court Commissioner issued his reasons for granting a protective order against Busch and stated that “it is more likely than not that on September 26, 2014, (Busch) committed an act of abuse against (Driscoll) by manually strangling (Driscoll) with his left hand on her throat while placing his right hand against her chin and face, causing her head to forcefully strike the interior wall of (Busch’s) motor home, thereby recklessly causing physical injury to (Driscoll).’’

Driscoll sought a protective order, alleging that Busch slammed her head against the wall in his motorhome three times last September at Dover International Speedway. That came shortly after the breakup of their four-year relationship. Driscoll had gone to the track to console Busch after a series of text messages that led Driscoll to be concerned about Busch.

Dover Police investigated the incident and sent its report to the Attorney General’s Office of Delaware in December. The Attorney General’s Office has not determined if to seek charges against Busch.