Kurt Busch facing more discipline
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR is considering disciplinary action against 2004 Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch for his comments following Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway.
Busch, already on probation for incidents with Ryan Newman during and after the Sprint Cup race at Darlington, verbally attacked a Sporting News reporter after being asked about issues he and Justin Allgaier had during the race -- and how his probation impacted that.
"It refrains me from not beating the s--- out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions," Busch told the reporter, an interview captured on video by Speed. "But because I'm on probation I suppose that's improper to say as well."
This was the latest in a series of attacks on media members by Busch dating back to last season. He was fined $50,000 following the 2011 finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway after delivering an obscene gesture in the direction of the motorcade containing First Lady Michelle Obama and a profanity-laced tirade against ESPN's Dr. Jerry Punch.
NASCAR president Mike Helton and vice president of competition Robin Pemberton met with Busch regarding Saturday's comments before Sunday's Cup race at Dover. Officials plan to meet again -- likely Tuesday -- to decide whether Busch violated the rules of his probation and faces further penalties.
"We are in the process of collecting all the facts and details surrounding the incident to assist us in making a correct and fair decision," NASCAR spokesperson Kristi King said in a statement. "Nothing happened today. The focus was on the race."
Busch refrained from commenting when approached by a USA Today reporter on Sunday in Dover.
"Why would I want to speak with anyone today?" said Busch, whose probation is for all three of NASCAR's top three series. "No comment."