Wednesday, June 6, 2012

NASCAR suspends Kurt Busch for Pocono

Kurt Busch has been suspended from this weekend's activities at Pocono Raceway by NASCAR as a result of his actions following the Nationwide Series event at Dover International Speedway this past Saturday.

Busch was already on probation because of a run-in with Ryan Newman's crew following the May 12 Sprint Cup event at Darlington Raceway. Following his fourth-place finish in Saturday's Nationwide race, Busch was asked about racing while on probation, and proceeded to verbally berate reporter Bob Pockrass of The Sporting News, who posed the question.

"It refrains me from not beating the s--- out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions," Busch said in a video posted by Speed Channel. "But since I'm on probation, I suppose that's improper to say as well."

According to NASCAR, Busch violated Section 12-1 of the rule book, specifically actions detrimental to stock car racing and verbal abuse of a media member. Busch's probation was scheduled to end July 25, but has now been extended though the end of the season.

"I accept NASCAR's decision," Busch said in a statement. "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."

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