How the Court Ruled Against Kurt Busch

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Feb 21, 2015; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch leaves his appeal hearing at NASCAR headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

From Joey Logano’s Daytona 500 victory to Kyle Busch’s injury, NASCAR headlines shifted quickly from the legal troubles of Kurt Busch.

Less speedy?  Try reading a legal opinion.

Documented here is the court opinion of Commissioner David W. Jones, who filed his verdict against Busch last Friday, issuing a protection order to Patricia Driscoll.  By providing a reference to the important points, race fans can better understand the case, whichever side seems most believable to them.

Hours after Commissioner Jones’ decision, Busch was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR.  Two appeals by Busch were unsuccessful, and he remains barred from competition.  Commissioner Jones’ findings are thought to have been instrumental in NASCAR’s decision.

The 26-page document can be found here for those who wish to consult the primary source in all its legal glory.

Author note: Some captions in this article have been altered from their original text to reflect that Patricia Driscoll is no longer Kurt Busch’s girlfriend.  Though accurate at the time of the photographs, it would be insensitive to leave the captions unedited given the nature of the breakup.  In these instances, “girlfriend” has been replaced by “then-girlfriend.”