The indefinite suspension of Kurt Busch was lifted by NASCAR on Wednesday and a special waiver was granted allowing him to compete in The Chase for the Cup.
Following an alleged domestic assault of his ex-girlfriend in September, Busch was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR two days before the Daytona 500 and has missed the first three races of the season. The decision to reinstate Busch came six days after the Delaware Attorney General’s office declined to file charges against Busch.
“As we stated last week, the elimination of the possibility of criminal charges removed a significant impediment to Kurt Busch’s return to full status as a NASCAR member,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “We therefore have decided to move him to indefinite probation and waive the Chase requirement. He has fully complied with our reinstatement program during his suspension and the health care expert who conducted his evaluation recommended his immediate return.”
“We have made it very clear to Kurt Busch our expectations for him moving forward, which includes participation in a treatment program and full compliance with all judicial requirements as a result of his off-track behavior.”
Busch will remain on indefinite probation and will continue to be subject to mandatory requirements that include participation in behavioral assessments. The Sprint Cup Series continues this week at Phoenix International Speedway.
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