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The Delaware Department of Justice said there was not enough evidence for charges.

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will not face criminal charges for his alleged assault of his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, the Delaware Attorney General’s office announced.

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will not face criminal charges for his alleged assault of his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, the Delaware Attorney General's office announced.

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In February, Busch was by NASCAR for the incident after a judge determined Busch had choked Driscoll and hit her head against a wall.

It is more likely than not that on Sept. 26, 2014, (Busch) committed an act of abuse against (Driscoll) by manually strangling (Driscoll) with his left hand on her throat while placing his right hand against her chin and face, causing her head to forcefully strike the interior wall of (Busch’s) motor home, thereby recklessly causing physical injury to (Driscoll).

In an attempt to discredit Driscoll’s account of the alleged assault, Busch has claimed Driscoll was a .

In a statement provided to ESPN, the Delaware Department of Justice said they had not been able to obtain enough evidence to charge Busch for the assault:

After a thorough consideration of all of the available information about the case, it is determined that 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 during the September 26th incident,” the statement said.

Likelihood of meeting that high burden of proof is the standard for prosecutors in bringing a case. For this reason, the Department of Justice will not pursue criminal charges in this case.

NASCAR has yet to comment on the decision:

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