Kurt Busch is one of the most talented drivers in NASCAR. He's a former Series champion and winner of over 20 Sprint Cup races. However, he is also one of the biggest jerks in sports. His list of feuds with other drivers is a mile long, as are his incidents of vulgar, abrasive abuse of reporters, crew members, and people in general. After his most high-profile instance of being a jerk towards ESPN's Dr. Jerry Punch (with over a million views on YouTube) at the end of last season, he parted ways with the famed Penske Racing.
Now, Busch races for essentially a non-competitive, sponsorless team, one of the biggest falls down the ladder in recent memory, most of it attributed to being a terrible person. However, despite vows to change, Busch's behavior has been just as bad this year. First there was an expletive-laced rant and meltdown at Darlington that led to a hefty fine and probation. Now, here's video of Busch verbally abusing Sporting News reporter Bob Pockrass after a Nationwide Series event at Dover. Observe.
Pockrass was clearly only doing his job by asking Busch about some close racing on the track and how his probation affects his performance, a reasonable inquiry based on Busch's laundry-list of past transgressions. Pockrass definitely wasn't trying to "start stuff" and wasn't asking "stupid questions." Of course, there are those in the media that look for a "gotcha moment" by baiting an athlete into saying something they'll regret. But, in this case, Kurt Busch simply took what little rope was given him and once again hanged himself.
During Saturday’s Nationwide race at Dover, Kurt Busch may have found himself a new nemesis in young driver Justin Allgaier. According to Busch, Allgaier thought Busch hit him to start the race and was trying to get back at him for it throughout the rest of the afternoon. The two exchanged words after the race before Busch went off on a Sporting News reporter for asking him about...
It's been less than six months since Phoenix Racing team owner James Finch made a handshake deal with driver Kurt Busch.
Finch took a chance on Busch after the driver parted ways with Penske Racing. For Finch, it was an opportunity to benchmark his single-car operation against the powerhouses in the sport with a former champion, one who has 24 career wins on a variety of tracks...
Kurt Busch has been known to get a little fired up. He's vented in interviews and called out fellow NASCAR drivers. But on Sunday, when he turned his rage on a reporter, the classic Kurt Busch rant may have gone too far. When asked about his current probation -- for a run-in with the crew of driver Ryan Newman -- Busch let reporter Bob Pockrass have it. He's now been suspended...
The news that Kurt Busch was suspended by NASCAR for his actions following the Nationwide series race at Dover International Speedway may not come as that big of a surprise given the attention it grabbed nationwide. It was a foolish moment at a time when discretion would have been the better part of valor.
The saddest part of the story is that he had the opportunity to race at...
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NASCAR has suspended Phoenix Racing Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch for this weekend's race at Pocono. Busch verbally abused a member of the media following Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Dover.
In addition to the suspension, NASCAR has extended Busch's probation through the end of the year. The probation was originally set to end July...
Kurt Busch has raced in 413 races over his 13-year NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Career. His resume includes one Sprint Cup Championship, 24 wins, 88 top fives, 170 top tens, 15 poles, and myriad behavioral problems resulting in numerous probations, fines, and suspensions as well as two firings. His most recent suspension was earned two [...]
By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @Tobalical
The moment we all figured was on the verge of happening came through on Monday. After recent issues on the track - and off the track – Kurt Busch has pushed the envelope just far enough to warrant a suspension from NASCAR.
NASCAR released a statement today:
NASCAR has suspended driver Kurt Busch until June 13 of this year and...
According to an announcement from Tommy Baldwin Racing on Tuesday, David Reutimann will drive the No. 51 Phoenix Racing entry Sunday in the Pocono 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway. Reutimann usually drives the No. 10 for TBR.
Phoenix Racing’s regular driver, Kurt Busch, will be unable to drive the No. 51 at Pocono because of a NASCAR suspension. Busch was suspended...
Kurt Busch and girlfriend Patrica Driscoll
Kurt Busch made headlines again this weekend for the wrong reasons. Today NASCAR has punished the driver for verbal abuse to a media member following his words to reporter Bob Pockrass following a fourth place run in Saturday’s Nationwide race.
This comes after Busch had been placed on probation and fined $50,000 after during a burnout...
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – In an effort to help a fellow small team, Tommy Baldwin and James Finch worked out a deal for David Reutimann to drive the No. 51 Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing following Kurt Busch’s suspension for this weekend’s race at Pocono Raceway. Dave Blaney will pilot the No. 10 Chevrolet, and Tony Raines will return to the No. 36 Chevrolet for the Pocono 400 presented...
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