Longtime NASCAR driver Kurt Busch is known for his no-nonsense attitude, and it’s gotten him into trouble more times than once during his career. His nickname is “The Outlaw” after all.
If you’re unfamiliar with Kurt’s past, or you’re just looking to watch some good old fashioned drama unfold, you should check out the below video showing his comments from 2012, after Fox Sports reporter Bob Pockrass asked him a question that definitely ruffled his feathers.
The Bob Pockrass incident occurred after the June Nationwide Series race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. Kurt was already on probation at this time due to an earlier incident with fellow driver Justin Allgaier.
When asked about his probation during the interview, Busch let Bob know exactly how he felt about his “stupid question.”
Kurt Busch’s outbursts brought up NASCAR’s decision to suspend the driver for a week, and Phoenix Racing team owner James Finch wasn’t very thrilled either.
He told ESPN.com by phone that he wasn’t entirely sure if Busch would return to driving after the suspension was over. Finch stated, “If he’s going to kill himself, I’m not going to be in the airplane with him. If that’s what he’s planning on doing, I am going to get out.”
This made fans question if this would be Kurt Busch’s last year on the team, but Finch ultimately did decide to keep Busch on as a driver after a long conversation with him.
While many people agreed that Busch was in the wrong after the clip aired, three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart had a different opinion on the situation. He explained on his Sirius XM show Tony Stewart Live that “Bob Pockrass is probably the biggest mixer in the whole media center,” and that he thought Busch’s comments after the Sprint Cup race were right on the money.
While the comments from the Cup champion may have convinced some to change their mind, most believe that NASCAR made a fair decision. I mean, you can’t just go around threatening to beat up reporters.
This Kurt Busch incident just proves what we’ve seen more than once: that even the most seasoned drivers can fly off the handle every now and then.
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This post was originally published on October 27, 2020.