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NASCAR Driver Back in Dover Courtroom, Hearing Headed to Day 4

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC/AP) - NASCAR driver Kurt Busch was back in a Dover courtroom Monday.

In November his ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, filed a protection from abuse order. A hearing on that order started with two days in mid-December. It picked back up Monday morning.

Driscoll filed for protection from Busch following an alleged assault during the September race weekend at Dover International Speedway. Driscoll says Busch grabbed her neck and face and slammed her head into the wall of his trailer at the track.

Busch called that account a fabrication from the stand in December. He was back on the stand Monday afternoon and continued to repeatedly deny having assaulted Driscoll.

Re-enacting his version of the encounter with his attorney, Rusty Hardin, Busch showed how he placed his hands on Driscoll.

"I cupped her cheeks, I looked her in the eye, and I said 'You have to leave,'" Busch testified.

The first witness to testify Monday was Nick Terry, a chaplain with Motor Racing Outreach, which ministers to NASCAR drivers.

Terry said Driscoll showed up crying at his motorhome on the night of the alleged assault and told him Busch had grabbed her by the neck and pushed her against the wall. But he said Driscoll never told him that Busch slammed her head into the wall, and that he and his wife did not notice any marks on Driscoll.

Terry also denied Driscoll's allegations that he had been threatened and offered bribes by Busch's attorneys.

Busch talked about Driscoll physically compared to him.

"I knew that she could take me down at any moment. She's a bad ass," he said.

Busch's attorneys have portrayed Driscoll as a scorned woman out to destroy his career.

"When she doesn't get her way, you don't want to stand in front of that bulldozer," Busch said of Driscoll.

Other people testifying, who were called by Busch's attorneys, said Busch has a temper - though not one that gets physical. The driver himself acknowledged having a temper.

They also described Driscoll as someone who frequently lies and wasn't to be believed.

Kristy Cloutier, an executive assistant to Busch, described the relationship between Busch and Driscoll as one of puppet and puppeteer.

"Patricia was the puppeteer in telling him what to do and when to do it," she testified.

Busch said Driscoll, who runs a small defense contracting firm, told him in 2010 that she was a "mercenary" who killed people for a living.

"I thought that was exciting," said Busch, adding that Driscoll showed him pictures of bodies with gunshot wounds after he said he didn't believe her.

A behind-the-scenes tour of Fort Bragg, and Driscoll's claim that a long belly scar was from a stab wound suffered during a mission, seemed to bolster Busch's belief that she was a hired killer, according to his testimony.

"I had other people tell me she was crazy. ... I didn't believe it simply because of what I had seen and heard," he said.

The hearing is still not over. Day four will start at around 8:30 Tuesday at the Kent County Family Courthouse in Dover.

A criminal investigation into the alleged assault is in the hands of the Delaware Attorney General's Office.

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