Following his words to reporter Bob Pockrass, NASCAR has suspended Kurt Busch until June 13th and extended his NASCAR probation until December 31st. As a result, he will miss the Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway this weekend.
After the Nationwide Series race and finishing fourth, Pockrass asked him about how being on probation changed how he race against Justin Allgaier. Busch responded by saying, “It refrains me from not beating the s— out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions. But since I’m on probation, I suppose that’s improper to say as well.”
According to NASCAR, he violented Section 12-1 of the rule book, which is, "Actions detrimental to stock car racing; violation of probation; verbal abuse to a media member".
Busch released a statement saying, "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 was already on probation after his action on May 12th at Darlington Raceway, which that probation was supposed to run out on July 25th. Busch was involved in an incident after the race involving Ryan Newman's pit crew.
Following the race at Darlington, he ran into the back of Newman's car on pit road, which Busch told Newman was unintentional. Newman's crew member Andy Rueger confronted Busch, and some shoving matches ensured.
This incident isn't the first time that Busch has in NASCAR's eyes "abused" a reporter as he made an obscene gesture and said some colorful language to ESPN reporter Jerry Punch following the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He was fined $50,000 for that incident.