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Kurt Busch loses efforts to end ban

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch leaves the IMC building after a suspension appeal hearing on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
NASCAR driver Kurt Busch leaves the IMC building after a suspension appeal hearing on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Getty Images

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch remains indefinitely suspended after he exhausted all of his appeals on Saturday.

Early Saturday, Busch’s appeal to the National Motorsports Appeal Panel was denied. Saturday night, Final Appeals Officer Bryan Moss also upheld NASCAR’s suspension of Busch.

Busch will not be allowed to race nor participate in any NASCAR activities until further notice.

Busch was suspended Friday after a Kent County (Del.) Family Court commissioner issued a 25-page ruling detailing alleged acts of domestic violence committed by Busch on his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll.

The ruling explained the commissioner’s reasoning in granting Driscoll an order of protection on Monday.

Regardless of whether Busch is ultimately successful in his final appeal, Stewart-Haas Racing has already committed to running driver Regan Smith in Busch’s No. 41 Chevrolet in Sunday’s Daytona 500.

The three-member appeals panel consisted of former NASCAR executive Paul Brooks, former driver Lyn St. James and Kevin Whitaker, who operates Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway.

Busch represented himself in the hearing, held at NASCAR’s Daytona headquarters across the street from Daytona International Speedway, while NASCAR’s case was presented by Jim Cassidy, senior vice president of racing operations.

“In the end we are confident that Kurt will be vindicated and he will be back racing,” said Busch’s attorney, Rusty Hardin. “Until then we will continue to fight on his behalf by ensuring that the entire truth is known.”

Driscoll sought the order after alleging Busch, 36, smashed her head against the wall of his motorhome three times during last September’s NASCAR race weekend at Dover, Del. The Dover Police Department investigated Driscoll’s complaint but elected to send its findings to the Delaware Attorney General with no recommendation.

The Attorney General’s office has yet to decide whether to seek any criminal charges against Busch.

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