Kurt Busch Suspended, Probation Extended

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By Caleb Slouha Edited by Jason Schultz

NASCAR announced today that Kurt will be suspended until June 15th for his actions last weekend at Dover International Speedway. His probation will also be extended until December 31st of this year. Busch’s suspensions prohibits him from participating in any NASCAR sanctioned event at Texas or Pocono this weekend. The suspension does not prohibit him from participating in the Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway.

After threatening a NASCAR reporter following last Saturday’s Nationwdie Series race at Dover, NASCAR has decided to suspend Kurt Busch from this weekends NASCAR events. They have also extended his probation, which was supposed to end July 25th. Busch was placed under that probation after he had a run-in with a crewman on the No.39 crew at Darlington last month.

During the Nationwide race this past weekend at Dover, Busch  and Justin Allgiaer were seen having run-in’s all race long and then after the race Busch blew the whole situation out of proportion. NASCAR reporter Bob Pockrass asked if his ongoing probation kept him from retaliating against Allgaier. Kurt then made a verbal threat to Pockrass, by saying if he wasn’t on probation then he would have “beat the s*** out of Pockrass.”

Along with this, many questions are to be asked. How long will Kurt Busch last in his current ride at James Finch Racing? Finch’s organization is under-funded anyway, so keeping Busch around might be a mistake for the organization. Will he get more suspensions this year? How much longer will he last in NASCAR? Suspending a past NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion must not be an easy move for NASCAR.

 The NASCAR Nationwide Series is off this week so Kurt won’t be missing any action in his brother’s car. Nobody really sure of whats in store for Kurt Busch. I can tell you that very few have sympathy for him. People do belive he can be good for the sport, and his fans still stick with him. Any further actions this year by Kurt Busch, could have long-lasting impacts on his career. At this point right now, I don’t see Kurt Busch driving a Sprint Cup car next season.

James Finch hasn’t announced if he will have a substitute driver in the No.51 this weekend at Pocono, by tomorrow we should know his plans for the No.51 this weekend.


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