Can we just leave Kurt Busch alone now?

Kurt Busch drives the #51 Phoenix Construction Services Chevrolet during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma on June 24, 2012 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Kurt Busch drives the #51 Phoenix Construction Services Chevrolet during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma on June 24, 2012 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

A few weeks ago, Kurt Busch was the bane of NASCAR.  After the Nationwide race at Dover, Busch lashed out at a reporter.  The incident came weeks after another episode on pit road when Busch tangled with several crewmembers at Darlington. NASCAR placed Busch on probation for the Darlington and the Dover dust up broke the camel’s back; NASCAR suspended Busch and he was forced to sit out the Pocono race.

Needless to say, when he returned the following week at Michigan, Busch was followed by the media like a pack of paparazzi chasing a Hollywood movie star.

Busch finished 30th at Michigan and left relatively unscathed with only a minor confrontation prior to his media visit after finishing third in Saturday’s Nationwide race.

Busch’s current team owner James Finch said while he was on suspension that he wasn’t sure if he would take Busch back.MORE>>>

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.