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“That was the best time in our relationship.” Four months later, she was donning a turtleneck to hide her bruises.
But even though Busch had a horrible temper, and even though Driscoll told Think Progress that he had previously abused her — she claims Busch hit her when he was drunk back in 2012, an allegation that Busch has denied in court — she still envisioned a future with the driver. I know that guy is in there, I know he exists, why don’t you try to be him all the time? That Sunday, he had a terrible race in New Hampshire that knocked him out of contention for a championship.
In September of 2011, Busch got into a couple of on-track dust-ups with NASCAR fan favorite Jimmie Johnson.
When a reporter asked Busch about the altercation on pit road, Busch shouted expletives at him and had to be physically restrained by his crew members.
When he clinched a spot in the 2013 Chase, he cried and dedicated the race to Driscoll’s son, Houston, while talking about how much he cherished his role as a “stepdad.” “To me, it’s a chapter as if I am married and I’m not single and this is what my role is in life right now is to help him grow as a young man and also with my career, getting it back on track and being successful in all areas,” he said.
But that was before Busch allegedly strangled her and slammed her head against the wall of his trailer three times; before a simple hearing over a protective order turned into a media circus and she was publicly accused of being a trained assassin for the CIA; before the non-stop online harassment and death threats; before ESPN’s multi-part investigation into her role at the AFF and her subsequent resignation; before she was federally indicted on eight counts of fraud and tax evasion. The past two and a half years blur together in Driscoll’s mind; it’s been a nonstop loop of tests and disappointments, heartache and turbulence.
Busch has denied the allegations of assault before, both in court and to the media.
Last summer, Driscoll sat in a quiet corner of a bustling hotel lobby just blocks from the White House and spoke openly about her experience as a high-profile victim of violence against women.
But they’d never had a blow-up quite like this before.
Driscoll didn’t hear from Busch for the next week, and she was worried about him.