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Kurt Busch Back at Dover International Speedway


DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - One of the biggest story lines for this race weekend in Dover has nothing to do qualifying, final results or anything like that.

Driver Kurt Busch is back at Dover international speedway for the first time since last September. His ex-girlfriend, patricia Driscoll, accused him of assaulting her in his trailer at the track during that race weekend.

That accusation led to months of drama.

Driscoll filed for a protective order against Busch. That brought the former couple to Dover in December and January for four days of court hearings.

Driscoll told the court Busch had choked and her slammed her head against a wall inside his trailer at the track. Busch adamantly denied those accusations.

In February a court commissioner granted Driscoll's request for a protective order. NASCAR immediately suspended Busch indefinitely.

Busch appealed the protective order decision. Just this week a Kent County Family Court judge upheld the commissioner's ruling. So the order stays in place.

In March the state attorney general's office decided not to press assault charges against him. Prosecutors said the evidence wasn't strong enough to pursue a criminal case.

Soon after, NASCAR lifted Busch's suspension. Officials said he'd complied with the requirements of its reinstatement program.

The protective order requires him to stay 100 yards away from her and a "practicable distance" away at nascar events. WBOC didn't physically see Busch or Driscoll at the track Friday.

In the afternoon Busch was on the monster mile for qualifying.

WBOC talked with fans inside the track about his return to Dover.

"I think it's up to him to reforge his image once again," said Chad Bristow. "I give everybody their fair shot. We're all human. We all make mistakes. So, it's on you, Mr. Busch."

"I think it kind of sucked for him to miss a couple of races," Chrysta Holland. "But I think it's good for him. From what I've seen, I think he's a decent guy. I don't think he's too bad."

What remains to be seen is what impact being back at Dover will have on Busch's ability to drive.

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