Kurt Busch has done it again. This time the target of his rant at the media was Sporting News reporter, Bob Pockrass. After a profanity-laced tyrade, accusing Pockrass of asking a dumb question following this past weekend’s Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway, NASCAR has suspended the driver.
At the end of 2011, Busch was fined by NASCAR for “going off” on ESPN reporter, Dr. Jerry Punch.
Since losing his ride at Penske Racing at the end of 2011, and a few years before that, losing his seat at Roush Fenway Racing — both firings primarily due to behavioral issues — Busch has been driving the No. 51 Chevrolet of Phoenix Racing and car owner James Finch in 2012.
This isn’t the first time Busch has caught NASCAR’s ire since joining Finch’s organization. He was already under probation for a pit road incident at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway earlier this season. That probation that was set to expire July 25 has been extended until the end of the year.
NASCAR announced the latest Busch penalty on Monday afternoon. Below, is the test from the official announcement:
“NASCAR has suspended driver Kurt Busch until June 13 of this year and extended his NASCAR probation until Dec. 31 for his actions following the NASCAR Nationwide Series race June 2 at Dover International Speedway.
Kurt Busch violated Section 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing; violation of probation; verbal abuse to a media member) of the 2012 NASCAR Rule Book. Kurt Busch had previously been placed on NASCAR probation May 15 for his actions during the May 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Darlington Raceway. That probation was originally scheduled to end July 25 but has now been extended through the end of this year.”
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