Kurt Busch was suspended on Monday by NASCAR for one weekend after he threatened to hit a member of the media.
The incident comes just one month after another anger related incident. Busch was fined $50,000 and was put on probation at Darlington after an altercation with members of Ryan Newman’s crew. Busch’s probation has now been extended to the end of the year.
The most recent incident involved an altercation between the NASCAR star and a Sporting News reporter after Saturday’s race. Busch said that he would have hit reporter Bob Pockrass if he wasn’t on probation.
“It refrains me from not beating the (expletive) out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions. But since I’m on probation, I suppose that’s improper to say as well.”
Yes, according to NASCAR, it was improper to say.
Busch seemed to know that his words were going to get him in trouble as soon as they left his mouth. Today, he issued an apology to NASCAR and Sporting News reporter Bob Pockrass.
“I accept NASCAR’s decision. I put them in a box. 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.”
The Huffington Post reports that this is just the latest in a long string of anger related incidents for the NASCAR star. Busch’s temper was also cited as the main reason for his split with Penske Racing although the two parties said it was a “mutual agreement.”
Busch, who is now racing for the underfunded Phoenix Racing, did a burn out through Newman’s pitbox last month. He also ran his car into Newman’s and had an altercation with driver’s crew.
After the incident, Newman said:
“It’s easy to see and it’s easy to say that Kurt blew a fuse again… I’m not sure why he did it and tried to run over our guys and NASCAR officials. And nobody is. Circumstances I think are that he lied (about hitting Newman’s car on pit road) and was so frustrated that he doesn’t know how to deal with his anger.”
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