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. Dale E.

    All the money in the world can't buy class. Busch has none...

    June 5, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. petercha

    I don't believe in cursing, etc., but sometimes reporters are just begging to be verbally abused.

    June 5, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Bemused

    Find it amazing that a sports organization whose roots began in illegal bootlegging is deciding to take a moral stance because one adult used a "bad" word toward another adult.

    June 5, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. danielwalldammit

    Sounds like a true ambassador for his sport.

    June 5, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. columbus

    This is why I hardly ever watch a NASCAR race anymore, no passion and no soul. I've been around local racing for a long time and seen guys get real hot with one another on the track and right after a race, but after the adrenalin subsides a little I seen the same guys laughing and drinking beer like a couple of old friends. That passion and ego and rage on the track is what makes racing more than a bunch of slot cars with no personality, NASCAR is killing the excitement.

    June 5, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Bill

    Shoulda beat the (expletive) out of him. I remember the days when NASCAR had men recing for them.

    June 5, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • lsgyrl

      That would be stupid because he would be suspended and would've been arrested or assault.

      June 5, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jerry

    What's the problem? Busch only said what most of us have wanted to say to those reporters who ask such stupid questions.

    June 5, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. bobcat (in a hat)©,

    A new teacher was trying to make use of her psychology courses.

    She started her class by saying, "Everyone who thinks you're stupid, stand up!"
    After a few seconds, Little Johnny stood up.
    The teacher said, "Do you think you're stupid, Little Johnny?"

    "No, ma'am, but I hate to see you standing there all by yourself!"

    June 5, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Weasley

    Yeah, it was a dumb question, but the Busch dweebs have THE biggest chips on their shoulders–obviously something to prove. Kurt wouldn't dare mouth off to someone who would fight back.

    June 5, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. John

    Sounds like Busch is lacking in emotional maturity that has magnified his arrogance that sponsors can do without. But since I don't follow the NASCAR series I don't know if this kind of behavior is scripted with conflicts being created to raise the tension.

    June 5, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. dalewalk

    Perfectly legitimate question. The reporter didn't create Busch's problem, only asked a pertinent question.

    June 5, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. 34

    What did you want him to ask about, Busch's thoughts on Rwanda?

    June 5, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Nana

    He and his brother are both jerks!! And BTW JIm, the reporter didn't report him for saying it, it was overheard by an official. It's time for the BOYS to growup a bit and realize there are MANY MANY young children who watch every Sunday and look up to these guys. On another note Jimmy Johnson and Crew should have never been able to get out of their punishment earlier in the year. Just goes to show if you drive for Hendrick you can get away with anything!!

    June 5, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. BRBSanDiego

    NASCAR officials are pretty much idiots trying to train the drivers who pay their salaries. Car racing is right there with wrestling and MMA events for any touch of class. I would like to see the officials run a car for three hours at 200 mph and then be all cool, collected, and civil when badgered by moron reporters. I would have punched Pock Ass and kicked him when he was down. Go Busch – you are a guy's guy.

    June 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. tjp44

    all these little wiener racers acting like tough guys...enough already, your too small to fight anyone but other racers....do not hear the MMA calling......WIMPS

    June 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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