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Can anyone figure out what makes Kurt Busch tick? Better yet, can anyone harness Kurt’s loose cannon?
After getting summarily fired from Penske Racing for a litany of faux pas during Kurt’s tenure, his hiring at Phoenix Racing this year was supposed to be “a rebuilding year”, or an opportunity to interview in front of corporate America. It was hyped by Kurt and his PR people as a time to return to “fun racing”, and also a time to “rebuild” Kurt’s image. The PR hype was that we would see “the new Kurt Busch”. In my calculations this would be the third reincarnation of this arrogant, surly, assertive, foul-mouthed, spoil brat of NASCAR.
After the Nationwide race Saturday at Dover, Kurt Busch had “an informative conversation” with Justin Allgaier regarding his (Kurt’s) displeasure of Allgaier’s driving abilities, KuBu lashes back at Sporting News reporter, Bob Pockrass.
After talking with his crew chief as well as his brother, Kyle (who owns the Nationwide team), Kurt was stopped on pit road for a live television interview, during which he said, “I’m on probation so I can’t even pick my nose the right way.” Busch remained on pit road and talked to a radio reporter as well as Sporting News and Speed. Pockrass asked Busch if being on probation impacted the way he raced.
“It (being on probation) refrains me from not beating the (expletive) out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions,” Busch said. “But since I’m on probation, I suppose that’s improper to say as well.
“If you could talk about racing things, Bob, we can talk about racing things.”
The incident was captured by Speed and aired on the network’s “SpeedCenter” show Saturday evening.
Confrontations with the media have cost Busch in the past. Last November, Busch was fined $50,000in part for cursing at ESPN reporter Jerry Punch during the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. That incident was caught by a fan using a cell phone to videotape it, and the video went viral.
Checkout this video. Surely it could be incorporated into his resume for his prospective interviews at the end of this season. There is no doubt that it will carry a lot of weight when his future employer tires to sell Kurt Busch to corporate America!
It is my estimation that if Kurt Busch does not harness his anger, control his mouth, learn when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em, he will be sitting on his couch soon watching NASCAR race, rather than strapping onto a race car and “mashing on the loud pedal” himself!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!