DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 4 (UPI) -- NASCAR has suspended Kurt Busch for violating his probation in a confrontation with a reporter and extended his probation through the rest of 2012.
Busch -- who in May was fined $50,000 and placed on probation through July 25 for "reckless driving on pit road during a race," and for "being involved in an altercation with another competitor after the completion of the race [a member of driver Ryan Newman's crew at Darlington Raceway] -- will not be allowed to drive this weekend at Pocono Raceway, NASCAR announced Monday.
His suspension is effective through June 13.
The 2004 Sprint Cup Series champion got into an altercation Saturday at Dover International Speedway with Bob Pockrass, a writer for The Sporting News. During the encounter, Busch was guilty of "actions detrimental to stock car racing; violation of probation; verbal abuse to a media member," NASCAR said in a release.
Sunday's incident occurred after Pockrass asked Busch whether the probation imposed May 15 had any effect on his driving in the May 26 200-mile Nationwide Series race at Dover. The two exchanged words and made physical contact during the encounter.