Posted June 04, 2012

Kurt Busch faces possible disciplinary action from NASCAR for threatening reporter

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Kurt Busch threatened a reporter following Saturday’s Nationwide Series race and could face disciplinary action from NASCAR. (Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

Kurt Busch, currently on probation for his altercation with fellow NASCAR driver Ryan Newman during the Sprint Cup race at Darlington last month, is facing more disciplinary action after he threatened a Sporting News reporter on Saturday after the Nationwide Series race in Delaware, according to ESPN’s David Newton.

According to the report, Busch was annoyed when the reporter asked him how his probation dictated how he would act on Saturday in dealing with issues he was having with driver Justin Allgaier.

According to Newton, Busch had some harsh words for the reporter.

“It refrains me from not beating the s— out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions,” Busch told the reporter, an interview captured on video by Speed. “But because I’m on probation I suppose that’s improper to say as well.”

NASCAR president Mike Helton and vice president of competition Robin Pemberton met with Busch regarding Saturday’s comments before Sunday’s Cup race at Dover. Officials plan to meet again — likely Tuesday — to decide whether Busch violated the rules of his probation and faces further penalties.

“We are in the process of collecting all the facts and details surrounding the incident to assist us in making a correct and fair decision,” NASCAR spokesperson Kristi King said in a statement. “Nothing happened today. The focus was on the race.”