Kurt Busch knew the punishment would come. In fact, he alluded to it in his outburst toward a reporter following yet another pit road altercation after Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Dover.
A Sporting News reporter asked Busch whether his current probation impacted the way he dealt with on-track contact with Justin Allgaier.
“It refrains me from not beating the (expletive) out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions,” Busch told Bob Pockrass in an interview that was captured on video. “But since I’m on probation, I suppose that’s improper to say as well.”
NASCAR suspended Busch for one week on Monday for verbally abusing a media member. Busch will not be allowed to race this weekend at Pocono.
Last month NASCAR placed Busch on probation and fined him $50,000 for reckless driving on pit road at Darlington and a post-race incident involving Ryan Newman’s crew members. Originally slated to run through July 25, Busch’s probation has now been extended through the end of the year.
The run of bad behavior is only the most recent for Busch, who last year was fined $50,000 for verbally abusing an ESPN reporter during the season’s final race. He split with Penske Racing one week later citing a “mutual agreement.”
Busch apologized Monday for his most recent outburst.
“I put them in a box, they had to take action and it’s my fault for putting them in this position,” he said.
Last December Busch admitted he had begun seeing a sports psychologist to help him with anger management, but other drivers haven’t seen noticeable changes.
“It’s easy to see and it’s easy to say that Kurt blew a fuse again,” Newman told SI.com after Busch did a burnout through Newman’s box during the race at Darlington and then hit his car in pit road after the race. “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.”