February 02, 2015 12:00 PM


Busch (left) says that Driscoll (right) claimed a character in the movie Zero Dark Thirty was a composite of her and other women.

As instances of he-said, she-said go, it’s a hard one to top. After Kurt Busch, the bombastic NASCAR driver known as the Outlaw broke up with girlfriend Patricia Driscoll last fall, she claimed he grabbed her by the throat and slammed her head against the wall of his motor home. His response? To recount a day they were in El Paso, and she left wearing camouflage gear, returning several hours later in a bloodstained evening gown covered by a trenchcoat—an example, he says, of her work as an assassin with covert missions across Central and South America. “Everybody on the outside can tell me I’m crazy,” he testified in court on Jan. 13, “but I lived on the inside and saw it firsthand.”

So goes the matter of Driscoll vs. Busch, playing out in Delaware’s Kent County family court, as a judge weighs the claims and counterclaims in a split gone wild. A ruling on the restraining order filed by Driscoll, 37, against Busch, 36, is expected within the next month—weeks away from NASCAR’s new season. Busch maintains his ex is trying to destroy his career with made-up allegations. Driscoll, who says Busch’s claims are lifted passages from a screenplay she is writing, says her ex’s problems run deep. “Mr. Busch’s statements confirm my belief that he needs professional counseling to deal with his alcoholism and issues of depression,” she says in a statement. “He clearly believes fiction is reality.”

One thing is clear: Driscoll has a penchant for action. In a TV pilot called Pocket Commando posted to YouTube, she is depicted as a gun-loving CEO of a military-supply business. Despite Driscoll’s tough exterior, friends say she is devastated by the split. “She went from a broken heart looking for reconciliation,” testified pal Richard Sniffen, “to anger and a little bit of revenge.”

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