Kurt Busch filed a multimillion-dollar countersuit Friday in the U.S. District Court’s Eastern District of Michigan against Sports Management Network, which sued the NASCAR driver for $1.4 million. Busch, who is demanding a jury trial in the counterclaim lawsuit, alleges that the sports management company and its law firm “improperly advantaged themselves” along with the interests of clients Team Penske and Andretti Autosport. The countersuit states that Busch wasn’t made aware of such conflicts and wasn’t advised to seek independent counsel. Busch and SMN entered into a representation contract in 2005 that was extended Aug. 11, 2010 while Busch was driving for Penske (he previously was with
When NASCAR decided not to fine Austin Dillon for running Cole Custer into a wall last week in Phoenix, other drivers were left wondering how the sport decides who gets fined and who gets away with rambunctious behavior. ''Give me my money back,'' Danica Patrick said Friday at Fontana. Patrick is among several drivers who have been fined for on-track shenanigans seemingly less egregious than the scrape between Dillon and Custer.
More than a month later, Kurt Busch still is basking in his Daytona 500 victory. Busch has been lugging around his Harley J. Earl trophy on his “Where’s Earl?” tour, taking the hardware to his Las Vegas high school, the Chicago Cubs’ spring training camp and other stops. The ultimate destination for the trophy was Haas Automation’s headquarters in Oxnard, California, which he visited this week (NASCAR is in Southern California for Sunday’s race in Fontana). Busch has continued to document his tour on Twitter as the Stewart-Haas Racing driver has made multiple TV appearances and taken the trophy for a long walk on the beach. Here’s a look at all the stops Busch and Earl have made this week ahead