NASCAR star Kurt Busch was suspended indefinitely from racing over the weekend, despite multiple attempts to appeal the decision and participate in the season-opening Daytona 500.
Busch was suspended indefinitely Friday after a Delaware judge ruled that he almost certainly choked and beat his former girlfriend—Patricia Driscoll—at Dover International Speedway, according to the Chicago Tribune.
A three-judge panel of NASCAR officials denied Busch's first appeal Saturday at NASCAR headquarters, across the street from Daytona International Speedway.
He had one more chance to plead his case to the organization's Final Appeals Officer—former Gulfstream president Bryan Moss—but was denied then as well.
Shortly after the suspension was announced, Chevrolet released a statement saying it had suspended its relationship with Busch.
This is the third suspension in 36-year-old Busch's career. He was replaced by Regan Smith in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy for Sunday's race.
Busch's lawyer said the legal team was "unhappy" with the outcome, and would "continue to exhaust every procedural and legal remedy" available.
Lawyers are also working to re-open a case for a protective order preventing Busch from contacting Driscoll that was granted last week, claiming they have new evidence.
While Busch sat the race out, Joey Logano took first place, with Kevin Harvick finishing second and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in third. This was Logano's first Daytona 500 win.
Smith—who also drove in place of team co-owner Tony Stewart after Stewart hit and killed a driver in a dirt-track race last year—finished in 16th place.