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