DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Last November's infamous Kurt Busch tirade against ESPN pit reporter Dr. Jerry Punch at the Homestead-Miami Speedway season finale triggered a major controversy that eventually led to the driver parting ways with Penske Racing.
But Busch tried to make amends with the veteran reporter Thursday afternoon when he apologized during the network's live coverage of Nationwide Series practice from Daytona.
“Let's just start off with a hug, Doc, c'mon," Busch said as the two hugged. "I'm so sorry with the way last year ended."
Busch was fined $50,000 by NASCAR for the incident but vowed to put it behind him and work on his behavior and emotions this season.
“I feel horrible,” Busch told Punch on the air. “With this offseason, all the work that I've gone through to put together this team, with Kyle, you know, the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet on the Cup side. It's a humbling experience to go from top teams, but yet this [Cup owner] James Finch program, and then Kyle Busch Motorsports, we're going to have a lot of fun and we're going to do this with a serious effort.”