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Kurt Busch apologizes to Dr. Jerry Punch on air

Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:06 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 3:35 pm
 
By Pete Pistone

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.”

 
Daytona Speedweeks

Comments

Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: February 25, 2012 10:56 am
 

Kurt Busch apologizes to Dr. Jerry Punch on air

your still a jackass Kurt.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:38 pm
 

Kurt Busch apologizes to Dr. Jerry Punch on air

Yea, meant to say he can drive, but isn't a championship driver.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:12 am
 

Kurt Busch apologizes to Dr. Jerry Punch on air

Jetsfan, did you mean Kyle can drive? Because he is one of the best drivers on the track!



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:10 pm
 

Kurt Busch apologizes to Dr. Jerry Punch on air

Kyle isn't winning the title. Everybody went on last year how it was his year and he was finally going to have everything put together, and then he proved he was still off his rocker after that Texas truck race. Kyle can't drive, but he isn't a championship driver.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:20 pm
 

Kurt Busch apologizes to Dr. Jerry Punch on air

I'm not a Busch hater or supporter.  Either one of them.  I think they're actually both pretty good drivers.  But when these drivers, and other pro sports people continually do dumb stuff and then come around later with an "apology", it just rings hollow.  Some PR guy told him he had to do this if he ever has  a chance to get back to a big, well funded team. Here's an idea.  Why don't you just quit doing stupid stuff all the time and act like you're more than a 2 year old spoiled brat??



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:22 pm
 

Kurt Busch apologizes to Dr. Jerry Punch on air

Hey thats a start, lets see if his actions back up the apology.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:30 pm
 

Kurt Busch apologizes to Dr. Jerry Punch on air

Kyle is worse than Kurt. He tried to kill a guy by putting him into the wall at full speed. Don't remember Kurt doing that! Your right though, Kyle will win it this year.



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:02 pm
 

Kurt Busch apologizes to Dr. Jerry Punch on air

Kurt cost himself a shot at any type of big season with his behavior.  He will have fun this year, most likely find a way to win a race, and probably be a better guy when he joins another big team.  Kyle is going to win the title this year.  I think he will finally put it all together. I think seeing his brother end up where he is may have been eye opening for Kyle, realizing like one poster said no one is bigger then the sport. 



Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:48 pm
 

Kurt Busch apologizes to Dr. Jerry Punch on air

don't you really get tired of these pro atheletes, whether it's football, baseball, bb, nascar or the ex pros on espn running off at the mouth, just shut up and play your sport, as a fan i want to see them perform not air their dirty laundry or opinions




Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:33 pm
 

Kurt Busch apologizes to Dr. Jerry Punch on air

The on-air apology is at least a good start. Hopefully he now realizes that no driver is bigger than the motorsport.


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