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Kurt Busch loses appeal, will take case to Final Appellate Officer tonight

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Kurt Busch loses appeal, will take case to Final Appellate Officer tonight
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Feb 21, 2015, 8:37 PM

Kurt Busch's appeal was denied by a panel of three today, upholding his indefinite suspension from NASCAR.

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Kurt Busch leaves NASCAR's International Motorsport Center headquarters after losing appeal
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Kurt Busch leaves NASCAR's International Motorsport Center headquarters after losing appeal
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Kurt Busch and Rusty Hardin leave the Kent County family courthouse after a hearing regarding assault charges filed by then girlfriend Patricia Driscoll

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The National Motorsports Appeal panel heard the appeal of former NASCAR champion Kurt Busch on Saturday.

Busch was indefinitely suspended from competition on Friday following the release of the supplemental disposition setting for the findings that formed the basis for the Family Court of the State of Delaware's decision to grant an Order of Protection from Abuse against him last Monday.

The three-person panel was made up of Kevin Whitaker, Lyn St. James and Paul Brooks.

Busch to appeal again

Busch and the aforementioned panel met for three hours before the appeal came to an end with NASCAR releasing the verdict half an hour later.

The 36-year-old Las Vegas native has requested a final appeal, which will be heard tonight by Final Appellate Officer, Bryan Moss.

Jim Cassidy, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations for NASCAR represented the sanctioning body during the appeal. 

NASCAR statement

A release from NASCAR read, "The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered the appeal of driver Kurt Busch.

The penalty concerns Section 12.1.a: Actions detrimental to stock car racing; 12.8: Behavioral penalty.

The penalty stems from activities last year involving Kurt Busch that resulted in a decision by the Family Court of the State of Delaware to issue an Order of Protection of Abuse against him.

The penalty is an indefinite suspension. The Appellant appealed both penalties."

Busch Attorney Rusty Hardin responds

"We are very disappointed that our appeal was rejected by NASCAR's appeal panel. We are re-appealing immediately, per the proscribed process. We have significant and strong evidence that contradicts the Commissioner’s conclusions. In the end we are confident that Kurt will be vindicated and he will be back racing. Until then we will continue to fight on his behalf by ensuring that the entire truth is known."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Lyn St. James , Jim Cassi
Author Nick DeGroot