Kurt Busch's former agent sues for over $1 million in alleged nonpayments

Busch made it to the third round of the Chase — now playoffs — in 2016. (Getty)
Busch made it to the third round of the Chase — now playoffs — in 2016. (Getty)

A former agent for Kurt Busch believes the driver owes $1.4 million in payments.

A suit was filed this month, per USA Today and MLive.com, by Sports Management Network. In it, the agency alleges that Busch terminated his relationship with the company and stopped making payments in March and owes over $900,000 for 2016 and $540,000 for 2017.

Busch, who had been represented by the agency since 2005, had a contract with the company through 2018 according to the lawsuit. As part of the terms of the agreement — which was amended in 2012 as Busch parted ways with Team Penske — Busch was obligated to pay the agency 10 percent of his personal services income from 2013 onwards.

“We believe the lawsuit is without merit, and we plan to vigorously defend the lawsuit,” Busch’s attorney Alan Miller told MLive.com.

Busch has driven for Stewart-Haas Racing since 2014. The team filed a suit itself earlier this year alleging that former Danica Patrick sponsor Nature’s Bakery breached its contract with the team. SHR said Nature’s Bakery owes over $30 million to the team while the company said it won’t be bullied by the team.

It’s also the second time in three seasons that Busch is in a legal fight at the beginning of the year. Busch was suspended by NASCAR at the beginning of 2015 after his ex-girlfriend was awarded a protective order following allegations Busch assaulted her. Busch was reinstated to the sport after he wasn’t criminally charged due to a lack of evidence in the case.

His ex, Patricia Driscoll, was indicted in the fall on seven charges of stealing from the charity she ran.

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