Kurt Busch suspended one week

Don't give Kurt Busch a gun, he will shoot himself in the foot

6/4/12 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11288 respect

Blog Photo - Kurt Busch suspended two weeksIt's sad to watch an athlete in any sport implode. It's even sadder when an athlete is given chance after chance after chance and still makes the worst of possible bad choices.

NASCAR has its share of bad boys, and we hear about them from time to time.  Jeremy Mayfield is, perhaps, one of the most notorious, and is still making headlines.  Most recently it was announced that a search had been executed on his home property with a number of items being removed.  His saga continues.

Younger Busch brother, Kyle, was suspended after purposely wrecking Ron Hornaday last year, as Hornaday was racing for a Championship in the Camping World Truck Series.  The wreck put Hornaday out of contention for the Championship, and earned the wrath of truck owner, Kevin Harvick.

However, today it is Kurt Busch making the news.  After the altercation with a crew member from Ryan Newman's team in Darlington, Kurt was placed on probation.  This past weekend, after a fourth place finish in the Nationwide race at Dover, Kurt was interviewed by Bob Pockrass.  Mr. Pockrass is a respected member of the media, and was asking reasonable questions, pertaining to the race just completed, and Kurt's probation.  Kurt answered the first question, regarding the on track excitement between Kurt and Justin Allgaier, by saying Justin was "doing stupid things on the track.  I'm on probation so I can't even pick my nose the right way."  Then, when Mr. Pockrass asked Busch if he was racing a different way, given his probation, he responded, "It refrains me from beating the s*** out of you because you ask me stupid questions.  But since I'm on probation I guess that's improper to say as well."

It seems Kurt didn't learn his lesson last year when he swore at Dr. Dick Bergren and was captured on camera doing so.  He lost his job with Penske after that embarrassing tirade and bets were on, would he drive in Sprint Cup ever again?  He was rumored to be considered for the seat at Richard Petty Motorsports, but the fit wasn't there.  Finally, James Finch offered him the opportunity to drive his car at Phoenix Racing.  They didn't sign a contract, as neither wanted that commitment.  However, Kurt continued in the 51 car week after week,often unsponsored.  He is, perhaps, sometimes frustrated that the equipment isn't of the standard he has come to expect in Cup cars, but on Saturday, he was in his brother Kyle's Nationwide car and finished fourth.

So what triggered the heated response to a simple question?  Does Kurt just hate being reminded that he has misbehaved in the past and that his actions resulted in punishment?   

Kurt's actions when asked about his probation remind me of my children, when they were younger, when reminded that they were grounded.  My daughter would flounce away, not speaking to me for a few hours.  My son would say "MOM! Don't remind me!!"  Kurt is in his 30's.  He needs to grow up and accept that he is being punished for HIS actions, no one else's.

Kurt will have some time to think about his transgressions.  He has been suspended from driving until after this weekend's races at Pocono Raceway.  His probation has been extended to December 31st, rather than ending on July 25th.   

No one give Kurt a gun or sharp instrument.  He'll hurt himself.  Then again, I hear the WWE is courting him for their show.
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6/13/12   |   rhracer   |   987 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Back a few weeks ago, before Kurt almost mowed down one of Ryan Newman's crewmen, Joe Gibbs said that if JGR was ever to expand to a fourth car, Kurt is someone who would be at the top of their list.  I guess he figured if he could deal with one Busch brother, two wouldn't be a problem.  

Then Joey Logano won a race, showing he has the talent to be in Cup racing.  

Not surprisingly, a lot of the media are calling for NASCAR to boot Kurt out, and for a lot longer than one weekend.

Joe Gibbs is a hypocrite. He has two biggest babies and bad sports drivers in NASCAR. It is never the drivers fault, always blaming someone else.  I though Joe Gibbs is this big religion guy, but this doesn't transcend down to his drivers. Not meaning they have to follow every thing their owner believes in but a little would go a long way in creating better images. So he can have another bad boy and see how that team performs without sponsorship.

6/13/12   |   Debi_L   |   11288 respect

Back a few weeks ago, before Kurt almost mowed down one of Ryan Newman's crewmen, Joe Gibbs said that if JGR was ever to expand to a fourth car, Kurt is someone who would be at the top of their list.  I guess he figured if he could deal with one Busch brother, two wouldn't be a problem.  

Then Joey Logano won a race, showing he has the talent to be in Cup racing.  

Not surprisingly, a lot of the media are calling for NASCAR to boot Kurt out, and for a lot longer than one weekend.

6/12/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

Today was the day Kurt and James meet to discuss his future with Phoenix Racing.

Bob Pockrass:

"James Finch statement says Kurt Busch is driver of 51 car - they will work hard and race hard and try to attract sponsor."

6/9/12   |   racingdeuce   |   37 respect

texas_tornado4261 wrote:
He has too much of a temper to be in this sport. He once said that wrecking was for the fans benefit...and what about who and if someone gets hurt??  He doesn't care, Kurt is about Kurt and no one else. He needs to be long gone and won't be missed.

I wouldn't say "kick him out!!!" He just needs some help...

6/9/12   |   racingdeuce   |   37 respect

I hope he gets whatever help he needs. He is a very talented driver who has what it takes to be a championship contender. He just needs to step back, collect himself, and ease back into it.

6/9/12   |   Debi_L   |   11288 respect

texas_tornado4261 wrote:
He has too much of a temper to be in this sport. He once said that wrecking was for the fans benefit...and what about who and if someone gets hurt??  He doesn't care, Kurt is about Kurt and no one else. He needs to be long gone and won't be missed.

I just hate to see talent wasted.  Kurt is a talented race car driver, and he has the Championship to back that up.  Unfortunately, I think somewhere along the way his ego became bigger than that talent and the temper soon followed.  Or maybe he was an angry child and a good actor.  Who knows.  I'd rather see him get help for whatever it is that makes him act like an idiot and go back to driving racecars, and driving them the way he can - really fast.

6/8/12   |   texas_tornado4261   |   71531 respect

rhracer wrote:
Yes, he will be and should be out of the sport. Well he will wind up at some short track events and be the big bully there too. He will be a has been!

He has too much of a temper to be in this sport. He once said that wrecking was for the fans benefit...and what about who and if someone gets hurt??  He doesn't care, Kurt is about Kurt and no one else. He needs to be long gone and won't be missed.

6/7/12   |   JenX63   |   31556 respect

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Kurt is a Champion and will find a RIDE, especially when there are 10-15 field fillers each week. Jeez people even Charlie Sheen has gotten commercials and a New Series. This is Car Racing not Sunday School. And for those folks who brought up Kyle busch, this has nothing to do with him. These situations are solely on Kurt's shoulders.

I don't know, you just said there are 10-15 field fillers...someone else could get that ride. I didn't see any real bidding wars going on for Kurt when he got fired last year. Sponsors run the team, basically, and right now, no sponsors want Kurt Busch hawking their products.

6/7/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

Oh boy, Kurt Busch compares a rough night at the track to "premature ejaculation." at Prelude to the Dream last night which happened to be a charity race for kids.

6/7/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I'm sure Kyle would give his brother a ride.  If Kurt doesn't get his temper under control, he may find himself suspended indefinitely.  That's more what I was referring to.  I'm sure he could always find a ride somewhere, but if he doesn't change his behavior, NASCAR may have a lot more to say about it than a one race week suspension.  

That's a good point. I hope he gets his stuff together, more so for him than for any of us fans.

6/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11288 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
Just responding to your last sentence.. I wouldn't so sure of that.  It would seem logical that Kyle Busch would attempt to move his Nationwide team up to Cup eventually and Kurt could make sense there.

I'm sure Kyle would give his brother a ride.  If Kurt doesn't get his temper under control, he may find himself suspended indefinitely.  That's more what I was referring to.  I'm sure he could always find a ride somewhere, but if he doesn't change his behavior, NASCAR may have a lot more to say about it than a one race week suspension.  

6/6/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Finch also said "We'll meet next week - have a come to Jesus meeting.  (on what he'll tell Kurt) Quit wrecking cars.  Be nice to people.  That's not hard to do.  If we stay together it will be on a race by race basis."

Kurt has been given one last chance.  If he screws this up, we won't hear of him in Sprint Cup again, I believe.

Just responding to your last sentence.. I wouldn't so sure of that.  It would seem logical that Kyle Busch would attempt to move his Nationwide team up to Cup eventually and Kurt could make sense there.

6/6/12   |   JenX63   |   31556 respect

Debi_L wrote:
David Reutimann will be in the car this coming weekend.  Reut is a good driver and will do the car and owner proud.  

I agree. He also is thankful when he has a ride. Keeping my fingers crossed for him. 

6/6/12   |   Debi_L   |   11288 respect

JenX63 wrote:
I imagine this has put his car owner in a serious bind? yes/no....Kudos for them trying to keep it all together. Would be great if Kurt woke up from his dream and get it together.

David Reutimann will be in the car this coming weekend.  Reut is a good driver and will do the car and owner proud.  

6/5/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

Very well written piece by Mike Calinoff. He is the spotter for Matt Kenseth (NSCS), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. . (NNS), and Nelson Piquet Jr. (NCWTS).

"I’ll be right up front and tell you that I’m a fan of Kurt Busch. I like him personally and professionally. And given all that has transpired with him over the years, I still like the guy.

Oh, you should know this too: In 2005 after the race in Kansas, Kurt and I got into a heated exchange on the Roush team plane. It almost got physical. The details aren’t important, but the aftermath is. Just about a year later, in a social setting, Kurt extended his hand and apologized for his actions. But since we both had a part in it, I did the same. Our relationship has remained “even” since then.

So, fast-forward to the past 18 months. Kurt has displayed some of the most deplorable actions our sport has experienced. For me, his radio tirades, post-race interviews and general persona have evolved from a novelty to a very serious issue. His actions are laced with narcissism. His attitude lacks gratitude. I don’t know where it all stems from, but I’m rooting for change.

Whether or not you’re a fan of Kurt’s or just of the sport, it’s disappointing to see a champion self-destruct. He’s won 24 races in his career – and these races are really hard to win. He’s got the gift of speed. He’s got what you can’t teach. And it’s all coming apart. Nobody should take any glory in that.

I’m convinced that NASCAR had an obligation to react the way they did. It’s their job to protect the integrity of the sport and those who contribute to it. But I’m not sure the solution lies therein.

I believe we all have the opportunity to change our ways and right our wrongs. I think Kurt has that ability. Whether or not he has the capacity remains to be seen."

6/5/12   |   Hilblee   |   1515 respect

Kurt and Kyles parents must be embarrassed at the way their boys have turned out.  Both are rude and pissy and think the world owes them something because they can drive.

6/5/12   |   JenX63   |   31556 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Finch also said "We'll meet next week - have a come to Jesus meeting.  (on what he'll tell Kurt) Quit wrecking cars.  Be nice to people.  That's not hard to do.  If we stay together it will be on a race by race basis."

Kurt has been given one last chance.  If he screws this up, we won't hear of him in Sprint Cup again, I believe.

I imagine this has put his car owner in a serious bind? yes/no....Kudos for them trying to keep it all together. Would be great if Kurt woke up from his dream and get it together.

6/5/12   |   Debi_L   |   11288 respect

Finch also said "We'll meet next week - have a come to Jesus meeting.  (on what he'll tell Kurt) Quit wrecking cars.  Be nice to people.  That's not hard to do.  If we stay together it will be on a race by race basis."

Kurt has been given one last chance.  If he screws this up, we won't hear of him in Sprint Cup again, I believe.

6/5/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

"Finch told ESPN.com he would meet with Busch over the next couple of days to discuss whether they would keep the handshake agreement they made before the season.

He didn't sound like a man convinced the arrangement could or would work.

"If he's going to kill himself, I'm not going to be in the airplane with him," Finch said by phone. "If that's what he's planning on doing, I am going to get out."

6/5/12   |   JenX63   |   31556 respect

rhracer wrote:
Yes, he will be and should be out of the sport. Well he will wind up at some short track events and be the big bully there too. He will be a has been!

It is sad, really. So much talent, not just Kurt but some others that have been and gone from Nascar. There is a difference from "good ol boy racing" and outright abusiveness. Sad that Kurt hasn't learned the difference.

6/5/12   |   rhracer   |   987 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I agree with the third paragraph in Jimmy Spencer's quote.  I don't agree that sitting out is going to make a tiny bit of difference to Kurt.  Jimmy has a temper, and is most famous for his "Jimmy Spencer never forgets" comments, but I don't believe Jimmy is a mean person.  He gets heated up and his temper shows, but he is not rude to people, his media compadres, his fellow racers or anyone else.  I've heard he is one of the nicest people the fans could ever meet.  I've never heard anyone say Kurt Busch is a fun guy for the fans to meet.

I think he will soon be out of the sport.  His ego is much larger than his talent.

Yes, he will be and should be out of the sport. Well he will wind up at some short track events and be the big bully there too. He will be a has been!

6/5/12   |   JenX63   |   31556 respect

Honestly, I was surprised Kurt even got a ride this year. Talent takes you only so far, and yes enough is enough of Kurt and his rudeness.  On a side note, when Spencer was racing I couldn't stand him, then he went to broadcasting and the guy has his moments. It's one thing to be upset about a race doesn't mean you take it out on everyone else.

6/5/12   |   Debi_L   |   11288 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
Some strong comments from the man who punched Kurt Busch in 2003 at Michigan.

"Kurt Busch's suspension is long overdue, and that is coming from someone who learned his lesson after sitting out a race for punching him a few years ago. Kurt has been given plenty of chances to right his wrongs and put himself back on the right path, but he has failed to take advantage of any of those opportunities.

NASCAR had to do something to restore a sense of respect toward the sport on Kurt's behalf because he seems to consistently flaunt his disrespect for everything and everyone in this sport. Maybe sitting out and watching the race from the pit box or his couch will wake him up to how great he really has it.

If Kurt is under the microscope, it is because he has put himself there by acting as if the rules don't apply to him. But the rules apply to everyone, and if you cannot treat your fellow competitors, crew members and members of the media in a respectable manner, you do not deserve to race. He's a hell of a driver, but until he gets his temper under control, he has no business in a race car.

Speaking from experience, I can say that my suspension was extremely upsetting to me, but it made me a better person off the track. That's what Kurt needs now, and I hope this helps him. It seems to have straightened his little brother, Kyle, out, and I hope the same is true for Kurt."

I agree with the third paragraph in Jimmy Spencer's quote.  I don't agree that sitting out is going to make a tiny bit of difference to Kurt.  Jimmy has a temper, and is most famous for his "Jimmy Spencer never forgets" comments, but I don't believe Jimmy is a mean person.  He gets heated up and his temper shows, but he is not rude to people, his media compadres, his fellow racers or anyone else.  I've heard he is one of the nicest people the fans could ever meet.  I've never heard anyone say Kurt Busch is a fun guy for the fans to meet.

I think he will soon be out of the sport.  His ego is much larger than his talent.

6/5/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

Some strong comments from the man who punched Kurt Busch in 2003 at Michigan.

"Kurt Busch's suspension is long overdue, and that is coming from someone who learned his lesson after sitting out a race for punching him a few years ago. Kurt has been given plenty of chances to right his wrongs and put himself back on the right path, but he has failed to take advantage of any of those opportunities.

NASCAR had to do something to restore a sense of respect toward the sport on Kurt's behalf because he seems to consistently flaunt his disrespect for everything and everyone in this sport. Maybe sitting out and watching the race from the pit box or his couch will wake him up to how great he really has it.

If Kurt is under the microscope, it is because he has put himself there by acting as if the rules don't apply to him. But the rules apply to everyone, and if you cannot treat your fellow competitors, crew members and members of the media in a respectable manner, you do not deserve to race. He's a hell of a driver, but until he gets his temper under control, he has no business in a race car.

Speaking from experience, I can say that my suspension was extremely upsetting to me, but it made me a better person off the track. That's what Kurt needs now, and I hope this helps him. It seems to have straightened his little brother, Kyle, out, and I hope the same is true for Kurt."