Kurt Busch seemed to understand that being on probation and speaking his mind to a reporter might not mix. On Saturday, June 2, 2012, Busch had just finished the NASCAR Nationwide 5-Hour Energy at Dover International Speedway when he was approached by a reporter. He had finished in fourth in the race but had been involved in a little incident with Justin Allgaier. When asked about the race, and specifically if his probation had impacted his decisions, he indicated that the probation was keeping him from inflicting physical violence against the reporter. It was revealed on Tuesday that the driver would be facing a suspension from all races during the next weekend at Pocono Raceway. Busch will not be participating in any of the events.
Last year, Busch had gotten in trouble after he went on an obscene verbal tirade against ESPN analyst, Dr. Jerry Punch. He had been placed on probation and eventually fired from Penske Racing. He found another job with Phoenix Racing, but was told that his antics would not be tolerated. This year, he was already placed on probation through most of July due to an altercation between Busch and Ryan Newman. The team has not yet indicated what will be done for the Pocono race.
This is not the first time a Busch brother has been suspended from a weekend of racing. Last year, Kyle Busch had purposefully wrecked Ron Hornaday, Jr. during a Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. He had pushed him into a wall during a caution flag. Busch was suspended from the two remaining races at Texas Motor Speedway that weekend. He did apologize to Hornaday after cooling down and realizing his mistake.
After last season's tirade, I had hoped that the driver would start thinking before he spoke. Unfortunately, it seems that he did not learn from the mistake that seemingly nearly ended his career. Sponsors will likely not want to sponsor a driver that is missing races due to his temper and it is hard to imagine that teams would want to work with a driver who is that volatile. If last year's troubles did not give Busch a wake up call, I'm not sure that anything will.
Kristin Watt has been a NASCAR Winston Cup, now Sprint Cup, fan for as long as she can remember starting way back when she was a little girl and her mother would sit on the couch with her every Sunday during the season to watch the races. Back then, they were fans of Bill Elliott and newcomer Davey Allison.
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