Kurt Busch Suspended
NASCAR on Monday announced it has suspended driver Kurt Busch for verbally berating a reporter over the weekend at Dover International Speedway.
Busch, who drives in the Sprint Cup Series for Phoenix Racing and for his brother’s Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Nationwide Series, has been suspended until June 13 of this year and extended his NASCAR probation until Dec. 31 for his actions following the NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
That means he will not race this coming weekend at Pocono.
Busch had been on probation for his post-race actions in an altercation with Ryan Newman at Darlington Raceway on May 12.
According to a statement released by NASCAR: Kurt Busch violated Section 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing; violation of probation; verbal abuse to a media member) of the 2012 NASCAR Rule Book. Kurt Busch had previously been placed on NASCAR probation May 15 for his actions during the May 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Darlington Raceway. That probation was originally scheduled to end July 25 but has now been extended through the end of this year.
Busch was approached by reporters after the NNS race and was asked by Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News if he being on probation was preventing him from racing harder.
Busch responded, “It refrains me from not beating the s— out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions.”
Later on Monday, Busch issued the following statement: “I accept NASCAR’s decision. I put them in a box, they had to take action and it’s my fault for putting them in this position. I apologize for the comments I made to Bob Pockrass.”
Busch lost his job at prestigious Penske Racing last year after he let go with a profane tirade at ESPN pit reporter, Dr. Jerry Punch.4 Comments