NASCAR » Kurt Busch suspended for media comments


Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch has been suspended from this weekend's upcoming NASCAR events for comments he made to the media after Saturday's Nationwide race at Dover.

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Ralf - Unregistered

June 05, 2012 2:38 PM

He should focus on driving the car and not make comments like this! A real sportsman wouldn't say these kinda' things and react in a different way...

UncleSam

June 05, 2012 3:29 PM
Last Edited 903 days ago

@Ralf
The media covering motorsports in the States are no different than the demographics of the posters on this site, there are sensible ones, there ones that like to stir the pot, and then there are the ones whom sensationalize things to make stories out of non-stories. Busch was wrongly convicted during the event by Allgaier, whom believed he was bumped by Busch, although replays confirmed that there was no contact between the cars, and he chose to repeatedly attempt to wreck Busch. Busch remained composed and made no attempt to retaliate. Upon completion of the race, the two drivers discussed their differences and seemed to have the matter resolved. Then along comes a reporter, whom wanted to get things stirred up again. Although, in hindsight, it would have been more appropriate to walk simply away from the reporter, the reporter should have had the common sense not to push the issue with a driver after a frustrating race.

UncleSam

June 05, 2012 3:31 PM

Cont...
The media in every facet of the world today are simply out of control and think everything that happens is game to be put into the public for review, it is not. Right or wrong, I, for one, am glad that NASCAR is not the prim, proper, sanitary, sterile racing of F1, because controversy adds to the flavor overall and creates rivalries, something that has been lacking for years in F1.

johnnymat

June 05, 2012 4:02 PM

I'm not a big fan of the Busch brothers,but I like the fact that they aren't namby pamby corporate pimps like most drivers today, "I'd like to thank blah-blah for sponsoring me ad nauseum."
I liked it in the old days when reporters were afraid to interview someone like A.J.Foyt after a bad race because he might brain them.
We need more outspoken people like Kurt Busch , screw political correctness.

Nealio - Unregistered

June 05, 2012 4:37 PM

Busch had to speak to reporters as he was a top-5 finisher - so NASCAR put him in this situation, in other words he couldn't walk away from Pockrass's provoking question. I think that Pochrass should be suspended for being a muckraking *sshole. NASCAR has a real image problem with their cookie-cutter corporate speak. Heck, stock car racin' needs all the characters they can get not a gang of cardboard corp. spokesmen for drivers.

Texas Roadhouse

June 05, 2012 4:45 PM

Having watched various racing formats over here for some years, I still cannot get over the crass stupidity of some interviewers, both in their timing, and the inane questions they come out with. It never fails to amaze me how composed the interviewees remains, in such stressful situations. That Kurt Busch spoke his mind should not have attracted such a penalty. Maybe the various ruling bodies should also consider penalising those fools with microphones who ask the stupid questions, or interfere during racing to get comments. It's a 2-way street.

Marty - Unregistered

June 05, 2012 5:48 PM

Kudos to you Kurt. If NASCAR wants to be so strict and show favoritism to certain teams and one driver let them have at it. Nascar is has been will remain the same until all new faces are in place at the top. It's a shame a driver can't express himself anymore.

fritz - Unregistered

June 05, 2012 10:11 PM

amen, fans.
media are spoiled, thin-skinned brats. A protected class running roughshod over everything in their path. Why are they protected? Where are the adults in the room to fine, suspend or otherwise penalize media's purile behavior, idiot questions and self absorbtion? NASCAR seems to be (over)doing their part, so who is the adult in media?

T - Unregistered

June 05, 2012 10:37 PM

In fairness to the journalist he did not make an issue of the incident - what happended was a Speed TV crew caught the incident on camera and then Nascar called in the journalist who did NOT want any follow up action.(interviewed on ESPN)
Nascar thought otherwise....

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