Nascar has suspended Kurt Busch for his most recent outburst towards Nascar field reporter Bob Pockrass after a June 2 Nationwide Series race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.
The controversial 2004 Sprint Cup champion had already been on probation before he went on to verbally attack a field reporter because of questions asked regarding a race incident between Busch and fellow driver Justin Allgaier.
The reporter questioned how Busch's being on probation impacted the way he raced that day and if it further effected how he handled the situation with Allgaier.
It refrains me from not beating the s--- out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions, Busch told the reporter, in an interview captured on video. But because I'm on probation I suppose that's improper to say as well.
Busch had previously gotten in trouble with Nascar in November of 2011, having been fined $50,000 after the short-fuse driver made obscene gestures and verbally abused a reporter at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
While the gestures were intended for ESPN reporter Dr. Jerry Punch, they were coincidentally made in the direction of the motorcade containing First Lady Michelle Obama.
Busch was then put on official Nascar probation for a May 12 incident with Ryan Newman in Sprint Cup race at Darlington.
The older brother of fellow Nascar race driver Kyle Busch, his suspension runs through June 13, which means that he will be eligible to return for the June 17 race at Michigan.
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, Busch said in a statement.
Phoenix Racing owner and Busch's boss James Finch has spoken with ESPN and has told the sports news outlet that he isn't so sure the driver will return immediately after serving the suspension, saying he will sit down with Busch over the next couple of days to see if they will move forward together.
If he's going to kill himself I'm not going to be in the airplane with him, Finch told ESPN.com by phone. If that's what he's planning on doing, I am going to get out.
According to the conversation, Finch was in the process of looking for a driver to replace Busch for Pocono and possibly beyond.
We'll get squared away, Finch said. There are a helluva lot of [drivers] out there.
While there are plenty of drivers out in the field, a total of 36 to be exact, it makes you wonder if Finch will decide to finally fire Kurt Busch.
Here are some other famous Kurt Busch outbursts.
1. Kurt Busch Rages During Interview (Warning: Profane Language)
2. Kurt Busch Gets Into It With Justin Allgaier
3. Kurt Busch/Bob Pockrass Incident
4. Kurt Busch Tangles With Reporter During Press Conference
5. Kurt Busch Goes Off On Jamie Little (Warning: Profane Language)