Penske Racing, Kurt Busch apologize to Dr. Jerry Punch for tirade at Homestead

During Sunday’s Ford 400 at Homestead, analyst Jerry Punch tried to interview Kurt Busch after the driver was forced out of the race with transmission problems. What resulted was a profanity-laced tirade by Busch who didn’t want to wait until the ESPN control booth threw it to Punch. In the end, Punch decided he had enough and walked away from Busch telling his producers, “never mind, never mind.”

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And of course, once the damage is done, Penske Racing, along with Kurt Busch apologize with a statement:

Penske Statement:

Penske Racing extends its apologies to Dr. Jerry Punch, our media partners and our sponsors and fans for Kurt Busch’s inappropriate actions in Homestead on Sunday. These actions do not represent Penske Racing and are inconsistent with the company’s standards for behavior, respect for others and professionalism. This matter is being reviewed internally with no further comment at this time.

 

Kurt Busch Statement:

“Unfortunately, our result in the season-ending race at Homestead on Sunday was not what we had hoped for as a team. In my frustration with the loss of my transmission early in the race, I let my emotions get the better of me. I regret having done this and apologize to the sponsors of Penske Racing , to NASCAR, its fans, to the media and in particular, Dr. Jerry Punch.

 

 

NASCAR measures all 3 championship contenders race cars running at Homestead

By The Associated Press

PHOENIX — NASCAR has inspected the cars the three championship contenders plan to race in next week’s season finale.

NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston says the cars for Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick were inspected in the North Carolina research and development centre this week.

The cars were measured to make sure they fit the templates ahead of the Nov. 21 finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

NASCAR says it was a precautionary measure during the tightest Chase for the Sprint Cup championship since the format was introduced in 2004.

Points leader Hamlin goes into Sunday’s race at Phoenix with a 33-point lead over Johnson. Harvick is 59 points out.

There are two races remaining in the Chase.