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Hot-Head NASCAR Driver Suspended Over Reporter Blow-Up

What Kurt Busch said that has him in hot water -- again


Kurt Busch, who has been described as the “Charlie Sheen of NASCAR,” has been suspended from racing until June 13. The hot-headed driver for International Speedway‘s (NASDAQ:ISCA) Phoenix Racing team was already on probation when he verbally abused Sporting News reporter Bob Pockrass last Saturday, USA Today reported.

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Following the Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway, Pockrass referenced Busch’s probation while asking him about racing hard against Justin Allgaier.

Busch, took a gulp from his Monster Beverage (NASDAQ:MNST) water bottle before responding.

“It refrains me from not beating the (expletive) out of you right now, because you ask me stupid questions. But since I’m on probation, I suppose that that’s improper to say as well,” Busch said. “If you want to talk about racing things, we can talk about racing things, Bob.”

NASCAR officials met Monday afternoon to discuss Busch’s behavior.

“It was something that we considered very carefully before coming to a decision like this,” spokesman Kerry Tharp told USA Today. “After we reviewed the latest incident, and based upon the fact that he was on probation from a violation that occurred at Darlington last month, we were in consensus that the suspension was warranted.”

In addition to the one-week suspension, NASCAR has extended Busch’s probation through December 31, 2012. The driver has issued a formal apology for his remarks against Pockrass.

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