Busch Loses Second Appeal, Ruling Final

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kurt Busch’s indefinite suspension is upheld after going through his second appeals process in less than 12 hours, confirming that the former Sprint Cup champion will not race in the Daytona 500.

After a three member board did not rule in favor of Busch, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver sought a second appeal Saturday evening. Bryan Moss, the National Motorsports Finals Appeals Officer, had the final decision on the ruling and ruled in favor of the sanctioning body.

In a statement Moss said “the penalty was within the scope of the guidelines” and that Busch “violated the rules set forth in the penalty notice and the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel was correct.”

In all likelihood, the only way Busch can continue racing is if he got a court order to block the suspension.

NASCAR decided to indefinitely suspend Busch for “actions detrimental to stock car racing” and its behavior policy.

Image: Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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