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. Henry

    Perhaps it is time to discipline these antagonistc, mentally challenged excuses for reporters. All they are doing is trying to do is create a story by fueling a tense situation. Whether it is NASCAR, the NFL, or whatever, emotions and passions are high and potentially volatile. The drivers and payers are professionals, while many of the media folks are not.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nascarstinks

    Seriously? Kurt Bush is a punk. About 90 percent of those drivers have little man syndrome. They aren't athletes. They are drivers. The majority of the American population are drivers. The only difference between him and Joe Shmoe is that he can make a left turn going 180.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. sonny

    to me he sounds like a wannabe tough guy but has no ideal of how to be one.he acts tough around the camera but he always has someone around to " hold him back".NASCAR kicked one driver out for failing a drug test but i believe bush has done more then that guy.i don't believe he will make it without breaking probation.his days of being a NASCAR driver are numbered.i hope i am wrong

    June 5, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Roscoe Chait

    Too much testosterone. Or steroids. Or both...

    June 5, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Junk

      more like too much ED Sponsorship

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

    People who are NASCAR fans probably were not good athletes in High School.Just remember,the engine is doing this event for you.Without it,they would be walking around that track.BORING,watching cars go in a circle.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Skippy

      Yup...colorful language adds...uh, color. Lighten up, NASCAR.

      June 5, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • brew987

      What's boring is you.

      June 5, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Junk

      well, to an intelligent person, that just sounds like a dumb idea...but then again, I dont live in the south

      June 5, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • SayWhat?

      What does the South have to do with this? Kurt Busch is from Las Vegas, NV. and NASCAR has enough fans to sustain race tracks in CA, NV, KS, MI, IL, PA, NH, DE... (I'm sure I forgot a track not in the "South" apologies). You're small-minded and you lack the common sense to perform rudimentary research before mouthing off. Sweeping general derogatory remarks are low, in poor taste, and not funny.

      June 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim D.

      Obviously spoken by someone who know nothing about the sport. There have been many so-called "athletes" who couldn't withstand the effects that racing at that speed has on a driver. Heat in the car can reach temps of over 170 deg so keeping water in the driver is extremely important. Most go thru several saline drips before a race just to keep themselves hydrated. Most also have rigorous exercise routines and specially planned meals. Most drivers are in better health than your average Football or Baseball player.

      The car itself is not like driving around in your little Prius. A vast majority of people do not have the strength to even steer the car much less the coordination to shift while doing it and at 200MPH there is no room for error. And we haven't even gotten into the "Fear Factor". Ask Emmitt Smith how his ride along was. Once he got done screaming like a girl he finally admitted he doesn't have the guts to handle a sport like that.

      If all you see out there is a bunch of cars going in circles then the sport doesn't need you as a fan anyways. Road course racing is about the same, just the circle was drawn by a drunk...

      June 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vic

      Dennis – If that is so why are you on here.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ELH

    Any time I hear a reporter asking stupid questions, I just shake my head in wonderment as to how the moron ever got to be a 'reporter.' Whether or not you like NASCAR's brand of sporting entertainment (not unlike the quasi-coliseum neo-gladiator events run by the NFL), the participants are doing something that 99.9% of the rest of us would soil ourselves if we were in their place. That takes focus, dedication, not a small amount of pure grit and years of paying your dues. Were I in Kyle's place and asked the same dumb question, I would have given the guy a knuckle lunch.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Laruen

    Nascar just suspended the only intresting thing about their "sport". It may take guts to drive that fast, I'll give them that, but it's not a sport when the car does most of the performing.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. Paul Childs

    Its a tough sport for tough men, the namby pamby brigade need to get over them selves, surely, as a reporter, you are going to get many responses that are not liked, that goes with the territory, reporters have to go through this all the time in the pursuit of a good answer. I do hope this particular reporter did not report this incident, because it is supposed to be his bread and butter, don't bite the hand that feeds you!......or is it a case of, he said something bad, now I have a story and rat on him to the bosses?, either way, the media should put up or shut up, man up!

    June 5, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Rose

      Totally agree

      June 5, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. johndanger

    Many professional athletes forget how lucky they are to be very handsomly paid to play. Be it driving a car way over the speed limit or throwing a ball around. They become arrogant. Fans and the people who pay them don't like that.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. Maddy Gascar

    Busch should have asked the reporter if being a tool affected his performance as a reporter.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. Hangar13

    Hey guys, try to stay focused. This isn't an inviattion to explain why you're superior to people who enjoy racing. We already know you're superior to everybody, that's why you're among the 1% (of people who still pay attention to CNN).

    June 5, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Rose

      Well I guess your part of the 1% Hangar or why else would you be on here...DUH

      June 5, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rose

    Kurt Bush is not the problem, dumb reporters should know not to ask question like to a very highly respectfull driver. He will drive for a long time, he is good, but we all have our weak moments, ALL OF US, so to condem him for asking a cuss word, lordly be, I guess the world will end now. Every sports person and we normal people slip a cuss word once in awhile, and for Kurt to be suspended is just stupid. I see worse on regular TV programs. This is just very stupid, and i'm guessing the reporter is a winneing baby.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Cathy

      Highly respected???

      June 5, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • CP in FL

      Rose – I am not sure that it was the cussing that got Kirt in trouble but the threat of violence which has no place in civilized a civilized discussion.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Cathy

    Both of those Bush brothers have issues, I swear. If it's not one acting like an idiot, it's the other.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Rose

      All driver has issues...What about Tony Stewert a few years back, his mouth was nothing but cuss words and fighting with everyone. Jeff Gorden alsso, Jimmy Johnson, and so on and so on. Who will you all pick on next week you PERFECT PEOPLE

      June 5, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. CP in FL

    Monte – Kirt was the series champion in 2004 and Kyle has not won the championship once so I don't think Kirt has a ride because of Kyle.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bill

    When you're working with folks functioning at their level, almost anything can and should be expected!

    June 5, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
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