future with Phoenix Racing is in jeopardy after NASCAR suspended the
2004 Sprint Cup champion for this weekend's race at Pocono Raceway.Busch was suspended for threatening comments made to Sporting News
reporter Bob Pockrass following Saturday's Nationwide Series race at
Dover International Speedway.
Busch was already on probation for a May 12 incident with Ryan Newman
in a Sprint Cup race at Darlington. His suspension runs through June
13, meaning he will be eligible to return for the June 17 race at
In a statement, Busch said: "I accept NASCAR's
decision. I put them in a box, they had to take action and it's my
fault for putting them in this position. I apologize for the comments I
made to Bob Pockrass."
Phoenix Racing owner James Finch
isn't so sure the driver will return immediately after serving the
suspension, saying he will sit down with Busch over the next couple of
days to see if they will move forward together.
going to kill himself I'm not going to be in the airplane with him,''
Finch told ESPN.com by phone. "If that's what he's planning on doing, I
am going to get out.'
So, what did Busch do to get the suspension?:
Busch's outburst on Saturday began when he was asked if his probation impacted the way he handled a racing incident with Justin Allgaier.
refrains me from not beating the sh-- out of you right now because you
ask me stupid questions,'' Busch told Pockrass, an interview captured
on video by Speed. "But because I'm on probation I suppose that's
improper to say as well.''
Umm, ok, it's not like he actually was going to kick that writer's butt for asking a dumb question. But because NASCAR expects Busch to wear a tuxedo, wear white gloves and talk with a British accent
Meanwhile, Danica Patrick takes out Sam Hornish at Talladega and nothing happens.
No wonder NASCAR is going down the tubes.