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A quick scan of NASCAR's website reveals that not a single one of its 48 Sprint Cup drivers is black, none of NASCAR's senior management is black, and only one of the 18 teams has even partial black ownership. And now a lawsuit is citing the lack of diversity and claiming that NASCAR officials actively prevent black-owned teams and drivers from competing in its top flight.

And the plaintiffs are looking for a $500 million judgment against the racing league.

Kurt Busch Claims Ex Is a 'Trained Assassin': What's Going On?

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch testified in court earlier this week that his former girlfriend is a trained assassin hired to kill people around the world.

Busch's eyebrow-raising testimony came during a hearing over a no-contact order requested by Patricia Driscoll, Busch's allegedly deadly ex-girlfriend. As ESPN reports, Busch didn't just make the accusation once during the proceeding, but made the claim repeatedly over the four-day hearing.

What's the story behind Busch's surprising allegations?

Tony Stewart's Grand Jury: No Indictment in Kevin Ward's Death

A grand jury has declined to indict NASCAR racer Tony Stewart for the death of Kevin Ward Jr., for the moment leaving Stewart free of criminal liability.

According to Fox News, prosecutors presented evidence that Ward was "under the influence of marijuana" on the night of the racing accident, which may partly explain why the grand jury let Stewart off the hook. But Stewart isn't exactly out of the woods yet.

What's ahead for Stewart, and how did the grand jury reach its decision?

For NASCAR's Tony Stewart, Fate Is in Grand Jury's Hands

For NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, who struck and killed fellow race-car driver Kevin Ward Jr. in August, his future in criminal court lies in the hands of a New York grand jury.

Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo announced this week that his office would be submitting the case to a grand jury "in the near future," reports The New York Times. The grand jury's determination could mean the difference between a murder indictment and avoiding criminal charges altogether.

So what should NASCAR fans know about this grand jury announcement?

More Pro Athletes Tackle Divorce Than Domestic Violence: Report

Athletes accused of domestic violence make for sensational headlines, but a new statistic shows that divorce may actually occupy much more of the average pro athlete's home life.

According to The New York Times and Sports Illustrated, the divorce rate for professional athletes is somewhere between 60 and 80 percent -- much higher than the 50 percent estimated for all Americans, reports Forbes.

But does this downplay the impact of domestic violence among pro athletes? Here's some legal insght:

NASCAR's Tony Stewart Runs Over, Kills Competitor on Racetrack

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart has been accused of running over and killing a fellow competitor during a race Saturday in upstate New York.

Kevin Ward Jr., 20, was pronounced dead shortly after being allegedly struck by Stewart's car and dragged a short distance at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Deadspin reports that among the many eyewitnesses who took to the Internet, some felt that the crash was retaliation and not an accident.

As investigators continue to look into the incident, what charges could Stewart potentially face in the wake of Ward's death?

The 10 Most-Viewed Legal Sports Stories of 2013

FindLaw's Tarnished Twenty isn't exactly a beauty contest, and being in the top echelons of sports-related legal action isn't exactly something to write home about.

This year, we covered a wide range of legal sports issues, including criminal allegations against Heisman winner Jameis Winston, along with lawsuits against the NFL and even the NCAA over concussions.

But a few legal sports stories -- some serious, and a few not-so-serious -- seemed to grab our readers' attention more than others. Here are the 10 most-viewed posts from our Tarnished Twenty blog in 2013:

What Do NASCAR Chief's Divorce Docs Reveal?

A nasty divorce may not necessarily remain a secret, as NASCAR chief Brian France has learned. Court documents unsealed Wednesday reveal details of his finances and his acrimonious divorce.

The documents were finally obtained by the reporters after a five-year court battle. France wanted the divorce files kept under seal, reports The Charlotte Observer.

With nosy media types scrutinizing celebrities and their personal lives, is there a way to keep the details of a divorce under wraps?

Danica Patrick's Divorce Races Toward Settlement

NASCAR star Danica Patrick's divorce has gotten the green light from an Arizona judge, who signed off on the racecar driver's split from (now ex-)hubby Paul Hospenthal last week.

Patrick put the pedal to the metal to complete her uncontested divorce. The couple's community property will be divided pursuant to a settlement agreement that's yet to be submitted to the court. But Patrick pre-emptively put the brakes on dishing out more money by signing a prenup.

So how do prenuptial agreements work in Arizona?

Who's Liable for NASCAR Crash That Injured 28?

On the eve of the Daytona 500, a horrific multicar NASCAR crash at the Daytona International Speedway injured 28 fans.

The accident occurred on the final lap of a Nationwide Series race when Kyle Larson's car flew into the frontstretch catch fencing on the turn, reports ESPN. The front end of Larson's car was cut in half and pieces of the vehicle flew into the stands injuring fans.

Fourteen of the injured spectators were treated on site for relatively minor injuries. The other 14 injured spectators where were taken off-site including two fans who were in critical condition. As investigators continue to look into the accident, you may be wondering whether NASCAR bears any legal responsibility for the injuries.