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Kurt Busch: Was his suspension appropriate? [Watch, then vote]

June 05, 2012|By Chuck Schilken

Kurt Busch knew it was coming.

Even as he was lashing out at a reporter Saturday night -- a rather mild outburst by his standards -- Busch acknowledged that he was going to get in trouble for his actions.

And he did. On Monday, NASCAR suspended Busch until June 13 for verbally abusing reporter Bob Pockrass of SportingNews.com. That means Busch, currently 26th in the Sprint Cup standings, won't be able to participate in this weekend's Cup race at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

Following Saturday's Nationwide race at Dover, Pockrass asked Busch how being on probation (for another rage-filled incident last month at Darlington) affected the way he raced following contact on the track with driver Justin Allgaie's car.

Busch responded: "It refrains me from not beating the ... out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions. But since I'm on probation, I suppose that's improper to say as well.”

See, he just couldn't help himself.

A NASCAR news release said Busch was suspended for violating Section 12-1 of the NASCAR rulebook, which covers “actions detrimental to stock car racing; violation of probation; verbal abuse to a media member.”

Was it enough of a punishment for Busch, who has a long history of run-ins on and off the track? Or maybe everyone is just too sensitive these days. Watch the video above, then vote in the poll and leave a comment letting us know why you voted the way you did.

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