Kurt Busch has a long history of anger-management issues in career
Kurt Busch’s suspension from NASCAR for allegedly committing an act of domestic violence against ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll was the latest in a long line of anger-management issues Busch has had in his career.
* On June 4, 2012, Busch was suspended by NASCAR until June 13 of that year because of a confrontation with then-Sporting News reporter Bob Pockrass at Dover International Speedway following a NASCAR Xfinity Series race.
Pockrass asked Busch if being on NASCAR-imposed probation caused him to race Justin Allgaier differently than he might otherwise have. Busch and Allgaier made contact during the race and had an exchange afterward.
"It refrains me from beating the s–t out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions," Busch told Pockrass. "But since I’m on probation, I suppose that’s improper to say, as well."
* At the time of the Pockrass incident, Busch already was on probation for running into Ryan Newman’s car on pit road at Darlington in May 2012, which kicked off a scuffle between the respective crews. Busch was also fined $50,000 by NASCAR for reckless driving in the incident.
* In November 2011, Busch was released by Penske Racing following an obscenity-laced tirade in the season-ending NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In that race, Busch broke a transmission early on and afterward yelled at ESPN pit reporter Dr. Jerry Punch, who was waiting to interview Busch. "Can you get this motherf—-r out of my face?" Busch said when Punch attempted to ask him a question. Punch later left after more obscenities were directed toward him. Busch subsequently was fined $50,000 by NASCAR for his actions.
* At Richmond in September 2011, Busch had to be physically restrained from going after then-NASCAR.com reporter Joe Menzer, who asked Busch about an on-track incident with Jimmie Johnson. In his post-race interview a few minutes later, he had another angry confrontation, this one with Associated Press reporter Jenna Fryer. At that time, Busch walked over to Fryer and tore up a transcript of a prior interview.
* At Richmond in May 2011, Busch blew up at his crew and former Penske engineer Tom German in another obscenity-heavy tirade on the team radio.
"I’m sorry, our day was done when Tom German decided he was in charge," Busch told his team on the radio.
Busch has had other incidents in his past.
* At Daytona in Feb. 2008, Tony Stewart and Busch were summoned to the NASCAR hauler after contact during practice for the Sprint Unlimited. During that meeting, Stewart allegedly punched Busch after Busch called Stewart fat and made disparaging remarks about Stewart’s haircut.
* At Dover in 2007, Stewart and Busch made contact on track, with Busch then running into Stewart’s car on pit road, nearly hitting one of Stewart’s crewmen.
* In 2005, while he was the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, Busch was fired by Jack Roush following a traffic stop outside Phoenix International Raceway.
According to the police report filed after the incident, Busch told the police, "You guys are a joke, punks. Aren’t you supposed to be directing traffic somewhere?"
Among the other statements Busch made during the stop, according to the police report: "You’re only doing this because you’re a Jeff Gordon fan," and when asked to take a sobriety test, "I’m not doing this gay-ass test." Busch eventually pled the case down to a misdemeanor traffic offense, after agreeing to a hefty donation for youth athletic equipment in the Phoenix area.
* In 2002 at Michigan International Speedway, Busch had a confrontation with Jimmy Spencer, during which Busch allegedly told Spencer, "I’ll f–k up your family." Spencer, who was walking away at the time, walked back to Busch’s car and backhanded him across the face, breaking his nose.
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