Hear the one about the race-car driver known as "The Outlaw" and the Ellicott City woman he claims is a trained assassin? (By the way, she's a would-be screenwriter as well.)

That's the scenario unfolding during testimony in a Dover, Del., court, pitting former NASCAR Cup champion Kurt Busch against his ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, who is seeking a no-contact order against him.


In court testimony Tuesday, Busch said Driscoll once left El Paso, Texas, in camouflage gear and returned home hours later wearing only a trench coat over an evening gown covered with blood, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel. The previous day, he testified in court that Driscoll told him she had killed drug lords, and that Jessica Chastain's character in "Zero Dark Thirty" was partially based on her.

"Everybody on the outside can tell me I'm crazy, but I lived on the inside and saw it firsthand," Busch reportedly told the court.

Driscoll, speaking to the Associated Press, said, "these statements made about being a trained assassin, hired killer, are ludicrous and without basis and are an attempt to destroy my credibility. Not even Rusty Hardin believes this."

Hardin is Busch's attorney.

"I find it interesting," she added, "that some of the outlandish claims come straight from a fictional movie script I've been writing for eight years."

In a statement she released Wednesday, she said, "Mr. Busch's statements in court serve to confirm my belief that he needs professional counseling to deal with his alcoholism and issues of depression."

Driscoll has said Busch, 36, who is known as "The Outlaw" in NASCAR circles, assaulted her in his motor home at Dover International Speedway last fall, grabbing her by the throat and slamming her head against the wall. Busch has countered that he repeatedly had asked Driscoll to leave, finally "cupping her cheeks in his hands, looking her in the eye and telling her she had to go," according to the AP.

Driscoll, 37, heads two organizations, both based in Washington, D.C., according to an NPR report. One is the Armed Forces Foundation, a veterans advocacy group that partners with NASCAR. The other is Frontline Defense Systems, whose website says Driscoll "spent the majority of her career in the narcotics and intelligence world."