Racer Busch suspended for verbal abuse of reporter
Kurt Busch is the 2004 NASCAR season champion.
June 5th, 2012
06:35 AM ET

Racer Busch suspended for verbal abuse of reporter

Former stock car season champion Kurt Busch won't be racing this weekend in Pocono, Pennsylvania, after NASCAR suspended him for verbally abusing a reporter following Saturday's race in Dover, Delaware.

Busch was already on NASCAR probation following a confrontation with an opponent's crew in Darlington, South Carolina, in May.

When Sporting News reporter Bob Pockrass asked Busch on Saturday whether being on probation affected his performance on the track, Busch berated Pockrass.

"It refrains me from not beating the (expletive) out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions," Busch replied. "But since I'm on probation, I suppose that's improper to say as well."

Busch's probation was to have ended July 25. NASCAR has extended that for the rest of the year as well as suspending Busch for any races this weekend in Pocono, according to a NASCAR press release.

"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," the press release said.

In a statement, Busch accepted his punishment, according to a report on NASCAR.com.

"I put them in a box," he said of NASCAR officials. "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 has 24 career victories and was the 2004 series champion.

Can Busch's career survive his temper?

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  1. wmesser58

    BTW any one ever see John McEnroe play tennis!!!!!

    June 5, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. talbet

    Kurt Busch I'd like to introduce you to the end of your career. Enjoy!

    June 5, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Old Racer

    That reporter kept hounding Busch after he was told several times to keep his questions on topic. (racing) Kurt would have just kicked his ass had he not already been on probation.
    Now you know why the White House press corp have lists of questions they are allowed to ask the president. (Abe Lincoln would have kicked his ass, Andrew Jackson would have shot him. George Bush's ears would have turned red, of course, and would have just went cross-eyed and stood there with a stupid/stupider look on his face. (if it's possible to cross eyes that close together)
    NASCAR, like the NBA, is a private enterprise and can do whatever they want as far as determining what is fair. Both can and do determine their own justice and fix the outcomes of races and games, legally. (Read the book 'The Fix is In'. Actual court cases have been fought over the legalities of NBA commissioner David Stern ordering referees to throw games, for example It's perfectly legal, and so why not if it increases revenue)

    June 5, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • CP in FL

      Old Racer – I call BS on the press corps not being allowed to ask any question of the president. Nice red herring though.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. netracer

    He's a Busch, nuff said.

    June 5, 2012 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. LarryT

    Too much monster bever-rage?

    June 5, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. Old Racer

    Lmao. Someone above tried to compare twinkie boy John McEnroe, aka 'The Mouth' with Kurt Busch 'The Fist'. How rediculous is that!
    The freaking reporter was The Mouth. Kurt Busch is the fist that closes that fat mouth.
    Like parents of mouthy little imps who think they can just keep flapping their gums without fear of getting their ass kicked at school. (aka "bullied") If the parent won't discipline the little brat, his piers will be happy to take-up the slack.

    June 5, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Vince

      Piers Morgan?

      June 5, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Lou Cypher


      "piers" are those little square posts you make with cinder block to set a trailer on or tie a boat to.

      June 5, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Oldskool

      john mcenroe wouldn't waste his time with that loser. Has something to do with his intelligence level. I think john mcenroe could even spell "peers" correctly.

      June 5, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • lsgyrl


      June 5, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Regur44

    NASCAR blows with all of its rule changes and limits on how critical drivers and owners can be about NASCAR in their comments about the organization. I'll never pay to watch another race but having said that I will state that Kurt Busch is a big mouth punk. No reporter, particularly a classy guy like Dr Jerry Punch ( a real medical doctor) should have to take crude personal remarks from that elf eared jerk when he is just doing his job. If Bush wants to get into it no holds barred with another driver (like Carl Edwards who could beat him senseless) that is fine. Otherwise, lay off those who are simply doing their reporting for the network.. NASCAR does not need Kurt Busch but he hasn't gotten the message-yet!

    June 5, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • mwolve

      NASCAR does need villans and guys with personality. Everybody toeing the line and saying the right thing is boring. Reporters can be annoying and from time to time do deserve to be spoken to crudely. Lighten up, it's only entertainment. The personalities is what NASCAR has going for it. They do not drive the most advanced cars or drive the most complicated courses. They need the WWE experience.

      June 5, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sal Voce

    Don't you just HATE IT that STUPID REPORTERS are allowed to ask the DUMBEST QUESTIONS?

    I firmly believe that having a lobotomy is a PRE-REQUISITE to being a reporter!

    June 5, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. Old Racer

    @Jenny. Thanx. Bush needs his ass kicked, but good. And did you make the connection? (stupid look on Dubyas face when he was acting as if he had 'just now' learned of the sep. 11 attack while in class with kiddies? Even excusing himself, saying he was holding it in so as not to scare them. What a crock)

    June 5, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Susan G

      @jenny I'm glad you weren't in charge on 9-11.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Old Racer

    @Regurge44. That reporter wasn't doing his job. He was acting like an old lady trying to stir-up some more gossip. The same exact thing CNN does by making sure to mention in their reports the color of a persons skin or a persons se xual orientation when it has nothing to do with the news!

    June 5, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • MAVVV

      Color of skin and S orientation is very important....I need to know. Maybe U like your black mammamas and lesbienans of any color......but I prefer tight white and no lights. Dont need to see if underage until they waddle out to school bus.

      June 5, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. jj

    This guy gets to lead a life of fame and fortune that most of us would trade for in a second. Enduring a few questions that he considers "stupid" isn't much to ask...especially from the very people who help give you fame and fortune. Still, the name of the game is money, as is the case with most games, and so as long as something thinks he can win them money, he'll have work. When they stop thinking that, he's outta there.

    June 5, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. hrpufnstuf

    The Bush brothers put the Bush in Bush League. Both of them are overgrown punks and bullies who never grew up or learned to control their emotions. Kick them both out of NASCAR.

    June 5, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Lou Cypher

    Watching NASCAR is kinda like porking your own sister, if you do it you don't tell anyone.

    June 5, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. Newsraider

    They need to take those (expletive) rules OUT of the book.

    June 5, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. DD

    Kurt was suspended for disrespecting his probation. The other was added sensationalism. NO reporter needs defending, especially by a sports league.

    June 5, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
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