Kurt Busch has taken the first step on his road to reinstatement to NASCAR.
Busch was suspended indefinitely by the sanctioning body on Feb. 20, after a Kent County (Del.) Family Court Commissioner ruled that he “more likely than not” committed an act of domestic violence against former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll at Dover International Speedway in September.
Sources say Busch agreed to a number of conditions for reinstatement late last week, with NASCAR vice president of Integrated Marketing Communications David Higdon telling NBCSports.com reports today that Busch’s road back was developed by “outside experts: with experience in domestic assault cases.
“One of the things they had advised us from the beginning was… that it was very, very important for us to provide a road back,’’ said Higdon to NBCSports.com’s Dustin Long. “We’re pleased that he has indicated he will begin the program that we have laid out for him.’’
Higdon did not comment on what Busch will be required to do before applying for reinstatement. There is no timetable for him to complete those requirements, but he will remain suspended, pending completion.
Regan Smith will replace Busch in the No. 41 Chevrolet again this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.