Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Kurt Busch Reinstated By NASCAR

Kurt Busch is back in the game.
NASCAR announced today that Busch’s indefinite suspension has been lifted, effective immediately, making him eligible to return to NASCAR competition this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Busch remains under indefinite probation, subject to additional mandatory requirements that include but are not limited to participation in a treatment program and full compliance with any judicial requirements placed upon him.
NASCAR said the decision to lift the suspension was made after Kurt Busch complied with all requirements of its reinstatement program, completed mandatory behavioral assessment sessions and was approved for reinstatement by the behavioral health care expert who conducted those sessions. He will undergo additional steps to address the behavior for which he was penalized.
 The sanctioning body also announced that it will waive the requirement that Busch compete in all Championship Events of the current season in order to be eligible for The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The Stewart Haas Racing driver will return to competition with no championship points, after missing the opening three races f the 2015 season at Daytona, Atlanta and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“As we stated last week, the elimination of the possibility of criminal charges removed a significant impediment to Kurt Busch’s return to full status as a NASCAR member,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer. “We therefore have decided to move him to indefinite probation and waive the Chase requirement. He has fully complied with our reinstatement program during his suspension and the health care expert who conducted his evaluation recommended his immediate return.  
“We have made it very clear to Kurt Busch our expectations for him moving forward, which includes participation in a treatment program and full compliance with all judicial requirements as a result of his off-track behavior.”
Stewart-Haas Racing executive vice president Joe Custer on the reinstatement, saying, “We appreciate the steps Kurt Busch has made while following NASCAR’s process for reinstatement. He has taken this path seriously, which allowed him to return to our race team. With his reinstatement and the conclusion by the Delaware Attorney General to not file charges, our focus is on the future.”
Custer did not specifically address whether Busch will compete this weekend in Phoenix, but sources close to SHR expect him to do so.
Chevrolet vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports Jim Campbell said the automaker has also reinstated Busch.
“Now that Kurt Busch has been reinstated by NASCAR and is able to fulfill his obligations associated with our agreement, we have lifted our suspension and will continue to monitor the situation,” said Campbell.
Busch is expected to address the media later today.


  1. Anonymous2:27 PM

    He's still got to win a race to get into the Chase and it seems like all of SHR's resources are put into Harvick's team.

  2. it a very good news for him and the hole shr team!

  3. Anonymous2:57 PM

    I predict a win within 3 weeks. Nothing makes The Outlaw drive better than ppl giving him hell.

    GO KURT!!!!!

  4. Great news! Lets go racing!

  5. Anonymous4:14 PM

    I don't agree with waiving the Championship Requirements, he put himself in this predicament, that would be the punishment, missing the chase. By reinstating him, he could still win races but I don't believe he should be eligible this year.

    1. Anonymous2:29 PM

      By knowing her he put himself in the situation..She was uninvited-Has lied in court-Vowed to make him pay(for breaking up with her?)-Had no visible marks to all the mystery people she saw after & it wasn't an issue till months later(kinda like photo radar) I'm guessing theres some lawsuit or damage avoidance by knee jerk Nascar & Chevy due to some agenda driven county commissioner..No I'm not a fan of this clown in any way but they had no business suspending him based on what they had there. patricia driscoll got him good & it would seem you want to help... Earner

  6. This has a "litigious" vibe about it. I.E. "Reinstate our client or face further action. I'm not a KB fan but I do believe in innocent until proven guilty and the legal process served it's purpose.

  7. Anonymous6:58 AM

    Why should he not be eligible? How did he put himself in this predicament? If anyone else had barged into his motorhome uninvited he would have done a lot worse and nobody would have said a word. She had no right to go in there unannounced and uninvited.

  8. Anonymous3:27 PM

    I hope he's more careful who he chooses in his personal life going forward...just because they're pretty doesn't mean they're nice.