Longtime NASCAR driver Kurt Busch is known for his no-nonsense attitude, and it’s gotten him into trouble more times than just once during his motorsports career. If you’re unfamiliar with Kyle Busch’s brother’s past, or you’re just looking to watch some drama unfold, you should check out the above video showing his comments back in 2012, after Fox Sports reporter Bob Pockrass asked him a question that he didn’t agree with.
The Bob Pockrass incident occurred after the June Nationwide Series race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. Kurt was already on probation at this time due to an earlier speedway incident with fellow driver Justin Allgaier. When asked about his probation during the interview, he let Bob know exactly how he felt about his “stupid question.”
Kurt Busch’s outbursts brought up NASCAR’s decision to suspend the driver for a week, and Phoenix Racing team owner James Finch wasn’t very thrilled either. He told ESPN.com by phone that he wasn’t entirely sure if the Busch would return to driving after the suspension was over with. Finch stated, “If he’s going to kill himself, I’m not going to be in the airplane with him. If that’s what he’s planning on doing, I am going to get out.” This made fans question if this would be Kurt Busch’s last year on the team, but Finch ultimately did decide to keep Busch on as a driver after a long conversation with him.
While many people agreed that Busch was in the wrong after the clip aired, three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart had a different opinion on the situation. He explained on his Sirius XM show Tony Stewart Live that “Bob Pockrass is probably the biggest mixer in the whole media center,” and that he thought Busch’s comments after the Sprint Cup race were right on the money. While the comments from the Cup champion may have convinced some to change their mind, most believe that NASCAR made a fair decision. I mean, you can’t just go around threatening to beat up reporters.
Whether a reporter is working for NBC, USA Today, ESPN, or any other sporting news company, their job is to report what’s going on in racing. Whether those subjects are good or bad, sometimes the topics that they wish to talk about are not always aligned with what a driver would like to discuss. So, of course, there will be some potential for disagreement.
This Kurt Busch incident just proves what we’ve seen more than once: That even the most seasoned drivers can fly off the handle every now and then.