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NASCAR At Dover: Kurt Busch In Another (Ridiculous) Confrontation

Ah, Kurt Busch. You've done it again. For about the 500th time.

The Sprint Cup driver was none-too-pleased after his fifth-place finish in Saturday's 5-Hour Energy 200 Nationwide Series race at the Dover International Speedway. He was first involved in a confrontation with Nationwide Series star Justin Allgaier and claimed afterwards that he was effectively handcuffed by the NASCAR probation levied against him last month for his last ridiculous display at Darlington Raceway.

Bob Pockrass, a fan-favorite reporter for The Sporting News, attempted to get Busch to elaborate, leading to this exchange as detailed here (with video taken from Speed TV's "SpeedCenter") by SB Nation's Jeff Gluck.

Now, giving a reporter a hard time is not something I generally get up in arms about (I'm a Tony Stewart fan, I'd be a hypocrite if I did). This just about pushes Busch's rap sheet past Talladega's 2.66 miles in length, though.

Incidents with media folks (such as popular Dr. Jerry Punch, an ESPN pit reporter at Homestead last fall), adult-only audio rampages directed at his race team, Chicken Hawk-style feuds with Jimmie Johnson, Stewart, and Jimmy Spencer (the latter two getting him punched out), a ridiculous encounter with Maricopa County, AZ, Deputies ("You're just doing this because you like Jeff Gordon!", he allegedly shouted at one) and just a general disrespect of everyone around him have taken Busch, a talented driver who won the last time the Sprint Cup Series raced at Dover in September, and turned him into little more than a petulant, self-absorbed punchline. At two months shy of turning 34, his act has no redeeming qualities. He just looks childish.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.