NASCAR will not suspend Kurt Busch

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch will nto be suspended amid allegations that he assaulted former girlfriend Patrica Driscoll.

Brian France confirmed Friday that California Rep. Jackie Speier sent a letter to NASCAR president Mike Helton and to Stewart-Haas Racing saying she was “disappointed” that Busch had been allowed to continue racing.

“NASCAR would rather let Mr. Busch drive for the remainder of the racing season than take a stance on violence against women,” Speier wrote in the letter. “While he rounds the track, the legal processes for his domestic violence charges race forward as well. Until his legal proceedings end, NASCAR should put Mr. Busch’s car in park. The charges are horrifying, and NASCAR’s inaction sends a clear signal to drivers that owners do not take these violent actions seriously.”

Thus far Busch has not been charged with any crime.

“We are watching that case carefully,” France said Friday. “It’s under review by law enforcement and others. They haven’t made a decision on that regarding Kurt. Until they make judgments on that investigation, it wouldn’t be right to intervene before it’s completed.”

Driscoll has filed court documents asking a judge to order Busch to stay away from her and not contact her. She claims Busch verbally and physically abused her and smashed her head against a wall three times following a race at Dover.