Eric Jamison/AP
March 05, 2015 03:45 PM

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will not face charges in the domestic abuse case brought by his ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll.

The bombastic driver, known as “The Outlaw,” was accused of shoving Driscoll into a wall during a Sept. 26 argument.

Busch, 36, countered that no assault had occurred – and that Driscoll had claimed to be a trained assassin.

“The admissible evidence and available witnesses would likely be insufficient to meet the burden of establishing beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Busch committed a crime,” Delaware Attorney General spokesman Carl Kanefsky said in a statement. “For this reason, the Department of Justice will not pursue criminal charges in this case.”

The decision comes as welcome news to Busch, who is appealing an indefinite suspension from NASCAR.

“I am grateful that the prosecutors in Delaware listened, carefully considered the evidence, and after a thorough investigation decided to not file criminal charges against me,” Busch tells PEOPLE in a statement.

“I wish to thank my family, friends, fans, and race team who stood by me throughout this nightmare with their unwavering support,” he continues. “Thanks also goes to my legal team for making sure that the truth got out and was fully provided to the prosecutors.”

Busch maintains his innocence. “As I have said from the beginning, I did not commit domestic abuse,” he says. “I look forward to being back in racing as soon as possible and moving on with my life.”

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