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Kurt Busch under domestic assault probe

November 07, 2014, Staff report,

Dover (Delaware) Police Department releases statement

RELATED: NASCAR statement regarding Dover Police Department release

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Police in Dover, Delaware released a statement Friday, confirming that an investigation of alleged domestic assault involves NASCAR driver Kurt Busch.

The Dover Police Department, through its website, said that the allegations were brought to their attention Wednesday afternoon. The authorities did not name any other parties involved.

"At this time, the department is still investigating the victim's claims and will not have any further comment on this matter in order to preserve the integrity of the case," the statement said. "The Dover Police Department will release further information as it becomes available. We appreciate the public's and media's patience in this matter and are confident that the department is taking the proper investigative steps to ensure the case is resolved appropriately."

The authorities did not name any other parties involved, but the Armed Forces Foundation released a statement Friday saying that it has severed its ties to Busch out of respect to Patricia Driscoll, the foundation's president. Busch helped the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization with outreach and fundraising for American military during the course of a romantic relationship with Driscoll.

"I want to, first and foremost, express the direct support from the Board of Directors of the Armed Forces Foundation to Ms. Driscoll," Pat LaFrieda, the AFF's chairman of the board said in a statement. "For more than a decade, Ms. Driscoll has been a tireless worker and advocate for our nation's service members, veterans, and military families. The Foundation will continue working to support service members, veterans, and military families and we ask that Ms. Driscoll's privacy be respected.

"Given the serious nature of the allegations, the Foundation has suspended its association with Mr. Busch."

High-profile attorney Rusty Hardin, who has represented a long list of professional athletes, represents Busch. His former and current clients include Roger Clemens and Adrian Peterson.

"The Dover Police Department has been informed that Mr. Busch will fully cooperate with their investigation and he expects to be vindicated when the entire truth of the situation comes to light," Hardin said in a statement. "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. At this time we intend to have no further comment in the media out of respect for the Dover Police Department's desire to conduct a thorough investigation without a media circus."

NASCAR races twice annually in Delaware at Dover International Speedway. This year's race weekends were May 30-June 1 and Sept. 26-28. The release from the Dover Police Department did not specify when the alleged incident occurred.

NASCAR distributed a statement Friday at Phoenix International Raceway about the case.

"NASCAR is aware of the investigation involving driver Kurt Busch," said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. "We recognize the seriousness of this matter and are actively gathering information from all parties, including law enforcement authorities and Stewart-Haas Racing. It would be inappropriate for NASCAR to comment further on this matter until we have more information."

Representatives for Stewart-Haas Racing, which fields the No. 41 Chevrolet for Busch in NASCAR's top series, also released a statement but said it would not comment further: "This is an allegation Stewart-Haas Racing takes very seriously but we're still gathering all of the facts."

Busch, a 25-time winner in NASCAR's premier division, won the 2004 championship in the first year of what is now the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. He has one victory this season, coming in March at Martinsville Speedway.