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A judge issued a no-contact order against NASCAR driver Kurt Busch Monday, according to an AP report. Busch is accused by his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll of domestic violence, and in a previous hearing, he testified she is a trained assassin.
Kurt Busch walk with his girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, after arriving for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saturday, May 17, 2014. Busch qualified earlier Saturday for the Indianapolis 500. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
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Kurt Busch, left, waits with his girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, right, before qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Thursday, May 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
NASCAR auto racing driver Kurt Busch walks to his car before a practice round for the Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 auto race at Kansas Speedway, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Kurt Busch, left, hugs girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, right, after dropping out of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 07: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 7, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, right, and Patricia Driscoll arrive at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto racing awards ceremony on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at The Wynn Las Vegas Resort in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Kurt Busch, center, poses for a photo before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Ralph Lauer)
AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 07: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 7, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 07: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 7, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, left, gets a kiss from his girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, right, before climbing into his car before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 25, 2014. Busch finished sixth in the Indianapolis 500 earlier. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
Kurt Busch, center, talks with Charlotte Motor Speedway president Marcus Smith, left, as he rests on stage with his girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, right, after arriving from Indianapolis before the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 25, 2014. Busch finished sixth in the Indianapolis 500 earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Chris Keane)
AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 07: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, prepares to drive in qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 7, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Driver Kurt Busch, center, talks with Charlotte Motor Speedway president Marcus Smith, left, as he rests on stage with his girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, right, after arriving from Indianapolis before the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 25, 2014. Busch finished sixth in the Indianapolis 500 earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Chris Keane)
Kurt Busch, right, walks to pit row with his girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, second from right, during qualifying for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Friday, July 6, 2012.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2013, file photo, Kurt Busch and Patricia Driscoll arrive at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto racing awards ceremony at The Wynn Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Police in Delaware say they are investigating a domestic assault allegation made against NASCAR driver Kurt Busch. The Dover Police Department said in a statement Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, that the allegations were brought to the department on Wednesday. His ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, said the allegations involved an incident inside his motorhome at a race. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File)
Kurt Busch, center, waves at fans as he arrives with girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, right, and her son, Houston, left, for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 25, 2014. Busch finished sixth in the Indianapolis 500 race earlier. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Kurt Busch, center, walks to his car with girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, right, during qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 auto race at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Friday, July 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Kurt Busch gets ready before practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
FILE - In this May 17, 2014, file photo, Kurt Busch kisses girlfriend Patricia Driscoll after he qualified for the second time on the first day of qualifications for Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Police in Delaware say they are investigating a domestic assault allegation made against NASCAR driver Kurt Busch. The Dover Police Department said in a statement Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, that the allegations were brought to the department on Wednesday. His ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, said the allegations involved an incident inside his motorhome at a race. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Red Vest Chevrolet, leads Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, and Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 25: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 25, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 07: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 7, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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DOVER, Del. (AP) -- NASCAR driver Kurt Busch has been accused of domestic assault by his ex-girlfriend, and police in Delaware said Friday they are investigating.

The Dover Police Department said the allegations were brought to the department Wednesday. Busch's ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, 36, said the allegations involved an incident inside his motorhome at a race at Dover International Speedway in September. The couple broke up about a week before.

Driscoll has filed court documents asking that a judge order Busch to stay away from her and not contact her. She also is asking that Busch undergo a psychiatric evaluation and be evaluated by a certified domestic violence treatment agency.

The documents, filed Wednesday, say Busch was despondent the night of Sept. 26 after his poor performance at the qualifying session.

"He was verbally abusive to her and said he wished he had a gun so that he could kill himself," the documents say.

Kurt Busch Under Investigation

Driscoll said Busch, 36, called her names and accused her of "having spies everywhere and having a camera on the bus to watch him." He then jumped up, grabbed her face and smashed her head three times against the wall next to the bed, Driscoll says in the documents.

Driscoll says she pushed Busch away and ran from the bedroom, going to a nearby bus to put an ice pack on her head and neck. She said the incident caused her severe pain, difficulty breathing and bruising on her neck.

A hearing in the case is scheduled for Dec. 2.

An attorney for Busch said he was cooperating with the investigation.

"This allegation is a complete fabrication by a woman who has refused to accept the end of a relationship and Mr. Busch vehemently denies her allegations in every respect," attorney Rusty Hardin said in an emailed statement.

NASCAR said it was aware of the situation and gathering information. Busch has not been charged. If he is, his case would play out after a series of high-profile cases involving prominent athletes ignited a national debate about how professional leagues handle allegations of abuse surface.

A spokesman for Stewart-Haas Racing, Mike Arning, said Busch's team was still gathering facts about the incident and not in a position to comment.

Known as "The Outlaw" in racing circles, Busch is the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and one of the more accomplished drivers in the series. He was in his car practicing Friday for this weekend's race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona.

Driscoll is an executive for a small Washington, D.C.-based defense consulting firm and president of the Armed Forces Foundation, a nonprofit for veterans. The couple met at a foundation dinner in 2011, and after hitting it off, Busch became a spokesman and ambassador for the foundation. The group severed its ties with him Friday because of the "serious nature of the allegations."

Busch has a history of run-ins on and off the track with drivers, NASCAR officials and reporters. He was suspended by Roush Racing for the last two races of the 2005 season after police cited him for reckless driving.

A fan caught Busch on video verbally abusing an ESPN reporter during the 2011 season finale, and Busch was fined $50,000 by NASCAR after the clip was posted on YouTube. He was suspended for one race in 2012 for verbally abusing a reporter.

Busch has seen a sports psychologist to learn to tame his emotions.

But with Driscoll, he appeared to have softened his image. She and her son, Houston, became fixtures in Busch's life. The pair came across as a happy couple when Busch attempted to complete the Coca Cola 600 and the Indianapolis 500 on the same day earlier this year, a feat only a handful of other drivers have attempted. They welcomed reporters into her Ellicott City, Maryland, home and cameras followed them around for weeks for the NBC documentary "Kurt Busch: 36."

They acted like a family: Busch, Driscoll and Houston went on a hunting trip this year in New Zealand and Busch took Houston fly fishing. The child got the nickname "The Mini Outlaw" as a regular at the track.

She celebrated his accomplishments publicly. Busch made the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in his first season at Stewart-Haas Racing, and Driscoll tweeted regular updates from his NASCAR races this season. They frequently embraced on the track, or were seen walking hand in hand, never shying from public displays of affection.

Busch's talent has never been doubted, with 25 career Cup wins and the 2004 championship. But his prickly personality has scared away sponsors, and rides with deep-pocketed owners Jack Roush and Penske fizzled. His career detoured into journeyman status with single-car teams the last two seasons before landing at SHR.

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