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Kurt Busch Won’t Race Daytona 500 After Domestic Abuse Ruling

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NASCAR driver Kurt Busch lost an appeal late Saturday to overturn an indefinite suspension from the sport on the eve of the Daytona 500. The punishment was levied on Friday in response to a finding by a Delaware family court that the driver had committed an act of domestic violence.

“Kurt Busch now has exhausted his appeal options under the NASCAR rulebook, and the indefinite suspension remains in effect,” NASCAR said in a statement. The decision means Busch won’t be able to race in Sunday’s Daytona 500.

The organization said that Busch would need to undergo treatment and win its approval before returning to the race track. Busch vowed to continue fighting the decision through an attorney.

“We are unhappy with the latest decision to deny our re-appeal, but we will continue to exhaust every procedural and legal remedy we have available to us until Kurt Busch is vindicated,” said Busch’s attorney Rusty Hardin.


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