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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)
The age old question has finally been asked to Kurt Busch. Our African American camera guy asks for advice on how he can get his black friends to sit down and watch the sport.
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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HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -- NASCAR chairman Brian France said Friday no disciplinary action will be taken against driver Kurt Busch while police in Delaware investigate a claim of domestic assault made by his former girlfriend.

Ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll has filed court documents asking a judge to order Busch to stay away from her and not contact her, and she claims Busch verbally and physically abused her, smashing her head against a wall three times. The allegations involved an incident inside his motorhome at a race at Dover International Speedway in September a week after the couple broke up.

Busch has not been charged and has continued to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing. He is scheduled to race in Sunday's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"We are watching that case carefully," France said. "It's under review by law enforcement and others, and they have not made a decision on that regarding Kurt. So until they make some judgments on that investigation, it wouldn't be right of us to just intervene before they've even gotten the investigation completed. So that's our position. We'll respect their process. It's in their hands."

Stewart-Haas executive vice president Joe Custer said the team was also awaiting word from the authorities.

"We have spoken to Kurt in depth regarding this matter and he has vehemently denied that it happened and assures us there is no truth to it whatsoever," Custer said. "At this point in time we are taking Kurt at his word and his status with the team is unchanged."

France said he was sensitive to the focus on domestic violence in a year in which the NFL in particular has been under scrutiny for its handling of cases involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and other players. The NFL has toughened its policy on domestic violence, requiring a six-game suspension without pay for a first offense.

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier of California sent a letter to NASCAR President Mike Helton and Stewart-Haas asking for Busch's suspension. She also called for a NASCAR policy of suspending drivers accused of domestic violence until criminal proceedings end or there is a clear lack of evidence.

"Your response to these serious allegations has been totally inadequate," Speier wrote.

France said there are no changes planned to NASCAR's domestic dispute policy.

"If charges are filed, that will change our equation, and we will look at that," France said. "We realize the heightened awareness of this important topic, and our policies will reflect that as we go down. They'll reflect how serious it is.

Speier also took aim at the handling of driver Travis Kvapil's arrest last year. Kvapil continued to race after he was arrested on charges of misdemeanor assault and false imprisonment against his wife.

"Unfortunately, NASCAR was equally passive" in handling Kvapil's arrest, she wrote.

NASCAR did not take disciplinary action against Tony Stewart while a grand jury considered and ultimately decided against charges for the Aug. 9 accident that killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr.

"We don't think, for an event that wasn't even ours, that we would somehow come out and extract punishment from him, for something that authorities investigated very carefully, by the way," France said.

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