After finishing in fourth place at the 5-hour ENERGY 200 race on June 2, Kurt Busch had another altercation with a reporter. The driver has become known for his temper problems and is currently on probation for a previous incident this season. I think both the reporter and Busch deserve the blame for the latest altercation.
5-hour ENERGY 200 Race
Joey Logano won the 5-hour ENERGY 200 race, and Kurt Busch did not seem pleased with his fourth place finish. After the Nationwide series race ended, he was seen talking to Justin Allgaier prior to his interview with a reporter from Sporting News. Bob Pockrass began his questions by asking Busch about the conversation he had with Allgaier.
Although Kurt Busch initially mentioned his probation, a video of the interview reveals that the problems began after Bob Pockrass asked him if the probation was limiting his driving. Busch reacted with a profanity laden and angry response. He also mentioned that the probation was preventing him from "beating" up Pockrass. Both Busch and Pockrass deserve the blame for this recent altercation. As an experienced reporter, Bob Pockrass was aware of how the driver would react in this situation and deliberately asked the questions. In addition, Busch has shown that he is still having problems with his anger all season.
Ruining His Second Chance
The latest tirade from Kurt Busch indicates he may not be taking his second chance seriously. There has been no response from NASCAR about the interview, but the organization may still punish him for threatening a reporter. It would not be the first time that NASCAR issued a delayed response to this type of incident.
Busch lost his ride with Penske Racing last year because of his behavior. Phoenix Racing gave him a second chance and the ability to compete this season. Despite multiple statements that he has changed, he is already on probation for an altercation with Ryan Newman's team in May. Although he may be able to escape NASCAR's punishment this time, Kurt Busch will have to continue to control his anger if he wants to stay with Phoenix Racing.
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Growing up in Indiana, Lana developed a love for motorsports at an early age. She follows NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One. Follow @Lana_Bandoim on Twitter.