|Kurt will sit this weekend|
Busch violated Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing; violation of probation; verbal abuse to a media member) of the 2012 NASCAR Rule Book. Busch had previously been placed on probation May 15 for his actions during the May 12 Sprint Cup Series event at Darlington Raceway. That probation was scheduled to end July 25.
Busch's suspension applies to all three NASCAR National Series, but will sideline him only from Sunday's Sprint Cup Series event at Pocono Raceway. The NASCAR Nationwide Series is off this weekend and Busch was not scheduled to compete in the Camping World Truck Series event at Texas Motor Speedway.
Busch issued a written statement, saying, “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 is reportedly unhappy with the former Series champion, and will replace him in this weekend's race at Pocono. Finch told ESPN.com's David Newton, "If he’s going to kill himself, I’m not going to be in the airplane with him."
Finch said he will meet with Busch in the next few days to determine his future with the team. Phoenix Racing is currently 26th in owner points, 102 points ahead of 35th.