Former NASCAR champ Kurt Busch loses suspension appeal

(CNN) — Kurt Busch, NASCAR’s 2004 Cup champion, lost his initial appeal of his indefinite suspension, the auto racing circuit said Saturday.

Busch will again challenge NASCAR’s decision to ban him after a Delaware civil court found he likely committed domestic violence against a former girlfriend.

Busch’s attorney said they were disappointed in the three-member panel’s decision to uphold NASCAR’s sanctions.

“In the end, we are confident that Kurt will be vindicated and he will be back racing,” Rusty Hardin said. “Until then, we will continue to fight on his behalf by ensuring that the entire truth is known.”

NASCAR said Busch’s second appeal will be heard Saturday night. The Daytona 500, the season-opening points race, will start Sunday afternoon.

The suspension came after a family court determined Busch committed an act of domestic violence against his former girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, NASCAR officials said.

Hardin said the court’s decision “will…

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