Kurt Busch has done it again. He has been suspended by NASCAR for his latest actions in NASCAR. He will be suspended from all activities this weekend at Pocono. Kurt was already on probation from NASCAR from his actions during the Darlington weekend May 12.
This latest saga began last Saturday after the Nationwide race. Bob Pockrass, a reporter from the Sporting News caught up with Kurt. Mr. Pockrass asked Kurt whether or not his probation status had affected his racing during the Nationwide Race. Busch’s response, “It refrains me from beating the s*** out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions,” Busch replied. “But since I’m on probation, I suppose that’s improper to say, as well.”
My question would be with regards to this latest incident is (in my best Dr. Phil voice) “What were you thinking?” That’s just it. I do not think Kurt Busch was thinking on Saturday. Could this latest incident spell doom for Kurt? He is currently driving for Phoenix Racing which isn’t one of the top-tier teams in NASCAR. They have a limited budget and with Kurt not being able to run this weekend in Pocono will hurt Phoenix Racing. Kurt went on an expletive tirade against ESPN’s Dr. Jerry Punch at last season’s ending Homestead weekend. His 2005 season was cut short with two races to go after he was pulled over for suspicion of drunken driving and cited for reckless driving. He has also had several dustups with fellow drivers throughout his years in NASCAR. the one that clearly comes to mind is his dustup with Jimmy Spencer. Of course who can forget his run in with Jimmy Spencer.
As a former champion (he won it all in 2004), I expect you to handle yourself with a little bit more professionalism on and off the track. I can understand that drivers feel frustration when they are knocked out of race sooner than expected. But with all the advances in media distribution (Facebook, Twitter, etc) and with everyone have a cell phone camera, you have to be mindful of your behavior at every corner. I do not know what is going on with Kurt Busch. I am sure he is the only one who knows why continues to do what he does. I would like to think with this latest incident that someone from NASCAR sits down with him and gives him the “Come To Jesus” talk I believe he is needing. I feel if he continues to head down this path of behavior, he will be out of the sport.
Just one NASCAR fan’s opinion.