Kurt Busch (No. 54) races wtih Ryan Truex at Dover - NASCAR photoEnlarge Photo
Kurt Busch mouthed off again at Dover last weekend and NASCAR took note of his latest temper outburst by suspending the driver until June 13 and extending his probation until the end of the calendar year.
The penalties handed down refer to his actions following the Nationwide Series race on Saturday, June 2 at Dover International Speedway, when Busch had a lengthy discussion with fellow driver Justin Allgaier about an early race tangle and then was exceptionally rude to respected Sporting News journalist Bob Pockrass, who was attempting to interview the driver, once again using profanities and continually referring to what he could and could not do under the rules of his probation.
NASCAR said Busch violated Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing; violation of probation, verbal abuse of a media member) of the 2012 NASCAR Rule Book. "Busch had been placed on probation May 15 for his actions during the May 12 Sprint Cup Series event at Darlington Raceway," NASCAR said. That probation was scheduled to end July 25.
Several hours after NASCAR's announcement Busch stated, " 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.”
In the Nationwide Series race, Busch was driving the No. 54 Monster Energy Camry for his brother Kyle Busch. He's been racing the No. 51 Chevy for James Finch throughout the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.