After too many months of legal wrangling, media releases, name calling and battered reputations, the time has finally come to call a halt to the circus that is Patricia Driscoll vs. Kurt Busch.
There are no more battles to be fought, no more testimony to be heard, no more high-powered lawyers to hear from, no more “right and wrong” to be debated. Both the legal system and NASCAR did their respective jobs, to the best of their respective abilities. We may not have agreed with every decision made along the way, but someone had to make those calls, and they did. Continuing this debate – more than a week after the Delaware Attorney General announced his decision not to file criminal charges – only prolongs the agony for everyone involved.
Busch has honored the no-contact order issued against him without question or exception. He has done everything that has been asked of him in order to be reinstated by NASCAR and return to Sprint Cup Series competition. At this point, there is absolutely nothing to be gained by continuing his banishment from the sport. Busch gains nothing, NASCAR gains nothing and Patricia Driscoll gains nothing.
There is no defensible reason for continuing to punish a man who has been charged with absolutely nothing illegal. The point has been made, the courts have moved on and it is time for our sport to do the same.
Whether you agree with today’s reinstatement or not – and there are plenty of people who feel strongly in both directions – there is no real point in continuing the drama. It is time to stop the bleeding, allow all parties to return to whatever semblance of a normal life is possible, and put a period at the end of this unseemly sentence, once and for all.