Kurt Busch violated Section 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing; violation of probation; verbal abuse to a media member) of the 2012 NASCAR Rule Book. Kurt Busch had previously been placed on NASCAR probation May 15 for his actions during the May 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Darlington Raceway. That probation was originally scheduled to end July 25 but has now been extended through the end of this year.
“My Take”: I am surprised to say the least here. However I believe that NASCAR suspending Kurt Busch was not only the right call, but the only call to make. Busch was already on probation after the incident at Darlington Raceway, and taking into account his past actions including the incident at Dover with a reporter (that let’s be honest, deserved to be chewed out for the question, but in a better way and without making threats), I think NASCAR had to step up, enforce the probation and take real action. Good call NASCAR.
But one thing, I don't support what either Kurt Busch did or the NASCAR reporter did. I believe that Kurt Busch actions were terrible and that NASCAR's next position should be figuring out how to deal with the NASCAR reporters as well. I will say it once and I will say it again, the reporter deserved to be chewed out for that question, but not the way Busch handed it. Some reporters are out of control.
Now it’s time for 400 miles of racing at Pocono Raceway.