Kurt Busch Suspension Upheld, Will Not Race in Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After appealing NASCAR’s indefinite suspension after a protective order was put against him, Kurt Busch’s appeal has failed following a hearing with a three-member board at NASCAR headquarters.

As it stands, Busch is not permitted to race in the Daytona 500.

The board met with the NASCAR and Busch to hear each representative’s respective arguments Saturday afternoon, with the board ruling in favor of the sanctioning body.

Busch’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said in a statement that Busch will re-appeal. The hearing will be heard by National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, Bryan Moss, on Saturday evening.

That decision will be final.

“We are very disappointed that our appeal was rejected by NASCAR’s appeal panel,” Hardin said. “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.”

Busch was indefinitely suspended due to what NASCAR deemed as “actions detrimental to stock car racing,” along with the sanctioning bodies’ behavior policy, which mandates “correct and proper conduct, both on and off the race track.”

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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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