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Kurt Busch

No Criminal Charges

In Domestic Violence Case [Update]

3/5/2015 7:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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10:47 AM PT -- Busch's ex-GF also issued a statement saying she's "disappointed that full justice was not served here."

10:30 AM PT -- Busch just issued a statement saying, "I am grateful that the prosecutors in Delaware listened, carefully considered the evidence, and after a thorough investigation decided to not file criminal charges against me."

He continued, "As I have said from the beginning, I did not commit domestic abuse. I look forward to being back in racing as soon as possible and moving on with my life."

update-grey-gray-barProsecutors have decided they will NOT pursue criminal charges against NASCAR driver Kurt Busch over an alleged domestic violence incident ... claiming there's just not enough proof. 

Busch was accused of slamming his ex-GF's head against the wall of his trailer during an altercation in Dover, Delaware back in September. 

But a rep for the Delaware Attorney General's Office says ... after a thorough investigation, "the admissible evidence and available witnesses would likely be insufficient to meet the burden of establishing beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Busch committed a crime."

"For this reason, the Department of Justice will not pursue criminal charges in this case."

NASCAR Heist

Race Car Thieves Caught On Camera

2/27/2015 1:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022715_nascar_launch_v2NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil's #44 ride was jacked from a hotel parking lot -- and TMZ Sports obtained surveillance video of the heist.

The car and the truck that hauls it were both stolen out of the Drury Inn parking lot outside Atlanta -- and in the video you can see a Jeep SUV pull into the lot. One person dressed in black gets out of the Jeep, walks across the lot toward the transport trailer ... and the Jeep pulls away.

Next thing you see is the white transport trailer ... hauled by a black pickup truck ... tearing across the lot. Law enforcement sources tell us the GTA went down around 5 AM Friday -- and took less than a minute. So far cops have no leads on the suspects, but they're hoping this video will shed some light.

Kvapil's team was forced to pull out of this weekend's Sprint Cup race in Atlanta. It's a small independent team, and they don't have a backup car.

Team owner John Cohen tells TMZ Sports ... "Last night I was thinking, I should tell them to block the truck off [with another vehicle]. But I didn't say anything, and it got stolen." He says he doesn't think the crooks even knew what they were stealing since there are no identifying marks on the trailer.

He adds ... "I'm hoping they return it once they see what's inside. What can they do with a racecar?"

A Sprint Cup series car is worth about $250,000.

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'Daytona' Champ Joey Logano

Loses Wedding Ring

... Recovers Perfectly

2/25/2015 6:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022415_joey_logano_launchWhat do you do when you lose your wedding ring?

Freak out? Secretly try to get a new one made? Hell, there have been countless articles dedicated to this exact problem. 

But if you're NASCAR superstar Joey Logano -- who just won the Daytona 500 -- you stay calm, don't panic ... and fix the problem. 

Joey was out in NYC yesterday when he admitted he had to deal with a missing ring problem earlier in his marriage. 

So why didn't he freak out? Check out the clip ... 

Danica Patrick

I'm Not Loose!

[TMZ TV]

2/20/2015 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022015_tv_tune_in_danica_patrick_launch_v2Danica Patrick was looking to brawl with fellow NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin after they wrecked at Daytona -- grabbing him and yelling, "Don't be up my ass!"

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Kurt Busch

Too Much to Lose in GF Assault Case

Judge Thinks He'd Lie in Court

2/20/2015 2:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0220_kurt-busch_patricia-driscoll_gettyupdate_graphic_red_bar2:55 PM PT -- NASCAR just suspended Busch indefinitely. update_grey_gray_barNASCAR star Kurt Busch sounded like he rehearsed all his answers, and may even have lied under oath when he testified in his domestic violence case ... according to the judge.

As we reported ... Busch's ex-gf Patricia Driscoll got a restraining order last week, and in new docs, obtained by TMZ Sports, the judge explains why he ruled against Busch.

According to the docs ... Busch came off like he had practiced reciting his version of what happened during the alleged incident last September ... in a very specific order. Anytime he was asked to break from that "memorized" order of events ... he got flustered.

The judge said "an honest witness" should be remember the truth in any sequence.

Further, the judge feels Busch "has so much to lose" -- his NASCAR career and endorsements -- he has "powerful incentive" to lie on the stand.

Busch's attorney is appealing the restraining order -- but clearly the judge has trust issues when it comes to his side of the story.  

Danica Patrick

Gets Physical with Denny Hamlin

'Don't Be Up My Ass'

2/20/2015 7:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Danica Patrick showed quick hands in a post-crash confrontation with NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin Thursday night at Daytona ... getting up in his face after he allegedly spun her out.

Patrick was FIRED UP after losing control of her car ... and immediately got up in Hamlin's face to accuse him of tapping her left rear ... and causing her ride to spin out in the first place.

The clash was intense -- with Danica grabbing Denny by the chest ... and Denny trying to explain that it wasn't intentional.

At one point, Denny tried to explain that he's her friend -- and no one has her back like he does -- but Danica doesn't let him off the hook.

Question is ... if the roles were reversed and Denny grabbed Danica ... ya gotta think Denny would be in a world of trouble this morning.

There's clearly a double standard. Everybody okay with that?

Kurt Busch

Restraining Order Is B.S.

... I Plan to Appeal

2/16/2015 11:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0216-kurt-busch-getty-01Kurt Busch says he plans to appeal the restraining order a Delaware court entered against him which requires the NASCAR driver to stay away from ex-GF Patricia Driscoll ... claiming she straight up lied to the court. 

A Kent County Family Court Commissioner made the ruling Monday ... requiring Busch to stay at least 100 yards away from Driscoll's home and workplace after he allegedly roughed her up during an alleged altercation in a trailer at Dover International Speedway back in September. 

The commish also ordered Busch to be evaluated for mental health problems. 

In a statement, Busch's attorney Rusty Hardin tells TMZ Sports ..."We are deeply disappointed because we believe the evidence of Ms. Driscoll’s total lack of believability was overwhelming."

Hardin says, "We know that Kurt never committed an act of family violence. The evidence was un-contradicted that Ms. Driscoll committed the criminal offense of trespass when she entered his motor home at night, while he was sleeping, uninvited, without permission, and refused to leave when he repeatedly asked her to get out."

FYI -- Driscoll claims Busch grabbed her by the neck and smashed her head against the motor home several times.  

Hardin acknowledges there was a physical confrontation ... but says Kurt NEVER slammed her head. "Mr. Busch’s conduct was totally reasonable and legal under the circumstances. He never intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly caused her any injury."

"We intend to appeal the Commissioner’s ruling."

Hardin continues, "Ms. Driscoll clearly committed perjury during her testimony before the Commissioner, and we deeply regret that Ms. Driscoll has been allowed to abuse the justice system in such a flagrant way."

Kurt Busch

I Can't Terrorize My Ex-GF

She's a Trained Assassin

12/16/2014 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Kurt Busch's ex-girlfriend is in court to get a restraining order against him -- but the NASCAR driver is fighting back with what he says is proof she's a certified badass who couldn't possibly be afraid of him.

Patricia Driscoll testified in a Dover, Delaware court Tuesday about Kurt's alleged attack on her after one of his races in September. As we've reported ... Driscoll claims he choked her inside his motorcoach.

But sources close to Busch tell TMZ Sports his legal team has submitted a YouTube video of Driscoll as evidence. The video entitled "Pocket Commando" -- was posted earlier this year, and shows her at a gun range, showing off marksman skills and talking about the company she owns ... Frontline Defense Systems. 

Driscoll calls herself a "commando mommy" on the video ... which we're told was shot and edited to pitch her as a reality TV star.

We're told Busch's attorneys will argue that Driscoll is a "trained assassin" who would have no reason to fear Busch. In fact, during Tuesday's hearing Busch's attorneys called her a "mercenary" out to ruin his career. Busch adamantly denies the attack. 

It's likely the video will be played in court on Wednesday.

Kurt Busch

I Did NOT Choke My Ex-GF

11/7/2014 12:46 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1107-kurt-busch-patricia-driscoll-getty-01Kurt Busch is adamant he did not lay a single finger on his ex-girlfriend during an argument back in September ... claiming she's making the whole thing up in a shameless cash grab ... sources close to Busch tell TMZ Sports.  

As we previously reported, the NASCAR driver is being investigated for an alleged domestic assault on his ex Patricia Driscoll at Dover International Speedway on the weekend of Sept. 26th. 

Sources close to Busch tell us ... the couple had broken up about a week before the incident -- and Busch was surprised when she showed up to his motorhome. 

We're told ... Busch acknowledges they got into an argument -- but claims it never got physical. 

Sources tell us ... Driscoll has told authorities Busch choked her inside the motorhome. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Busch's attorney Rusty Hardin who tells us, "This allegation is a complete fabrication by a woman who has refused to accept the end of a relationship and Mr. Busch vehemently denies her allegations in every respect."

He adds, "The Dover Police Department has been informed that Mr. Busch will fully cooperate with their investigation and he expects to be vindicated when the entire truth of the situation comes to light."

And there's this -- we're told ... days after the incident, Busch's lawyer was contacted by a person claiming to represent Driscoll looking to negotiate a monetary settlement. 

We're told that attorney resigned from representing Driscoll just days later. 

We also spoke with police who tell us Driscoll didn't report the alleged assault until Nov. 5th -- six weeks after the incident. 

Attempts to contact Driscoll have been unsuccessful.

Michael Waltrip

NASCAR Fight Was Real

... Not Scripted For Ratings

11/4/2014 8:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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110414_michael_waltrip_launchThe trackside brawl between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski was 100% AUTHENTIC ... and not a scripted stunt to get ratings ... so says fellow driver Michael Waltrip

Waltrip was at LAX on his way out of Hollywood after being eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" -- when we asked about the bloody altercation at Texas Motor Speedway. 

Of course, there's talk NASCAR put the drivers up to the fight to get a boost in ratings ... which are reportedly down 6% from last year.

But Michael ain't buyin' it -- telling us the rage couldn't be more real. Check out  the clip. 

Tony Stewart

I Don't Need to Talk to Kevin Ward's Family

... I Have Closure

9/29/2014 8:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tony Stewart says he has not spoken with Kevin Ward Jr.'s family -- and doesn't feel he needs to -- explaining that he already has closure because he knows the deadly crash was an accident.

43-year-old Stewart just took questions from reporters ... and said he's offered to speak with Kevin's family but explained, "I don't need to talk to them for closure."

"I know what happened and I know that it was an accident."

Tony says, "I'm willing to talk to [Kevin's family] if it helps them ... I'm available if and when they want to talk."

Tony says he regrets choosing to race on August 9th -- and says he wishes he never got in the car.

"The first 3 or 4 days [after the accident], I didn't want to see anybody," Stewart said ... explaining that he basically went into seclusion following the incident. 

He also says he doesn't know when he will race again -- but says today's news conference is a huge step toward re-entering the racing world. 

Tony says despite the accident, he still "loves" racing -- and says it's his passion.  

Kevin Ward

Family Considering

Lawsuit Against Tony Stewart

9/24/2014 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tony Stewart is off the hook criminally in the death of Kevin Ward Jr.  -- but Ward's family is threatening to drag the NASCAR superstar into court with a civil lawsuit.

Ward's family members say they are infuriated because they believe Stewart "intentionally tried to intimidate Kevin by accelerating and sliding his car towards him, causing the tragedy."   

As TMZ Sports first reported, the Ontario County Grand Jury in New York decided not to charge Stewart after reviewing evidence from accident reconstruction experts.

The family is adamant Stewart was at fault. They refused to comment about toxicology tests which showed Kevin had marijuana in his system at the time of his death.

Tony Stewart

CLEARED Of Criminal Charges

Kevin Ward was High on Weed

9/24/2014 10:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NASCAR star Tony Stewart will NOT face criminal charges in the death of Kevin Ward Jr. ... and in a shocking revelation, we now know Ward was high on weed at the time of his death. 

TMZ Sports broke the story...the Ontario County Grand Jury in New York decided not to charge Stewart, after reviewing evidence from several accident reconstruction experts.

On the night of his death, Ward Jr. had gotten out of his car and was aggressively marching toward Stewart's car -- when he was struck.  Now we know drug tests on the body produced proof Ward was under the influence of marijuana.

There was talk that Stewart was angry with Ward Jr. and may have intentionally veered his car into him -- but apparently the grand jury feels it was nothing more than a freak accident. 

We're told the enhanced video showed Stewart did not make any sudden or suspicious moves on the track before his car collided with Ward.

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