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Kurt Busch Ordered to Stay 100 Yards From Ex Patricia Driscoll

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Kurt Busch, Patricia Driscoll attends the 2013 Nascar Sprint Cup Series Awards in Las Vegas. (AJM/PA Photos/Landov)  

Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 10:35 AM

Kurt Busch was slapped with a no contact order, forcing the former NASCAR champ to stay at least 100 yards from ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, according to ESPN.com.

NASCAR has yet to take action against Busch after a Sept. 26 incident in which the 2004 Sprint Cup Series champion was accused of assaulting Driscoll at the Dover International Speedway in Delaware. The incident came at the peak of other domestic violence issues in sports, particularly in the NFL.

The order against Busch was handed down by a Delaware Family Court commissioner in Kent County. The Delaware attorney general's office is weighing whether to file criminal charges against Busch in the incident, according to ESPN.

"As we stated earlier, NASCAR fully recognizes the serious nature of this specific situation and the broader issue of domestic violence," said a NASCAR statement issued Monday. "We will continue to gather information and monitor this situation very closely, and we expect our members to conduct themselves properly."

Joe Custer, vice president of Stewart-Haas Racing, issued a statement saying the team was waiting for court action to play out to see if it will take its own actions against its driver.

"These are serious allegations and we do not take them lightly," said Custer. "We are relying on the authorities in Delaware and their collective experience to identify all the facts. They are the experts in these matters and their decision, specifically the one that will be made by the Attorney General, will determine our course of action."

Monday's no-contact order alleges that Busch "has committed an act or repeated acts of domestic violence against" Driscoll, according to ESPN.

Busch and Driscoll have offered conflicting stories to what happened in Busch's motorhome on Sept. 26, noted ESPN.

Driscoll charged in four days of testimony in December and January that the driver grabbed her by the neck and beat her head against the wall three times.

Busch said that never happened, saying that he cupped her cheeks but never smashed her head against the wall that day and ordered her to leave.

"I think it (the protective order) shows that Kurt was not credible (with his testimony)," Driscoll attorney Mark Dycio told ESPN.

Busch's attorney Rusty Hardin told TMZ Sports, though, that they plan on appealing the ruling.

"We are deeply disappointed because we believe the evidence of Ms. Driscoll's total lack of believability was overwhelming."

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