NASCAR Reinstates Suspended Driver Kurt Busch

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NASCAR reinstated suspended driver Kurt Busch Wednesday and ruled him eligible to compete in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Fox News reports that Busch could race as soon as this Sunday at the 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, should he qualify.

NASCAR suspended Busch indefinitely on Feb. 20, just two days before the season-opening Daytona 500, for an alleged domestic assault on his ex-girlfriend. Busch lost two rounds of appeals the day before Daytona.

Last week, the Delaware attorney general declined to charge Busch for the alleged September assault.

NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell said, “The elimination of the possibility of criminal charges removed a significant impediment to Kurt Busch’s return to full status as a NASCAR member. We therefore have decided to move him to indefinite probation and waive the Chase requirement.”

O’Donnell continued, “[Busch] has fully complied with our reinstatement program during his suspension and the health care expert who conducted his evaluation recommended his immediate return.”

Busch has missed the first three races of the season thus far. He returns to his number 41 Chevrolet and his Stewart-Haas race team this weekend in Phoenix.