Kurt Busch has a temper problem, the sort that makes him threaten to punch people during interviews. As much as celebrity divas are celebrated in the media Bush’s shenanigans seem out of place in the world of NASCAR. He’s a man of fiery distinction. This month he appeared for the second consecutive year as the only representative from the motorsports world on Forbes’ list of “America’s Most Disliked Athletes.”
Busch’s company on the list includes the likes of disgraced bicyclist Lance Armstrong and philandering golfer Tiger Woods to name a few. Busch lost his Penske Racing gig after a threatening televised interview with NASCAR reporter Bob Pockrass, who had the gall to ask Busch if being on probation influenced his decision making on the track.
Since the incident Bush has been doing his best to polish his image with NASCAR and its fans. Last fall he appeared in the documentary “Kurt Busch the Outlaw,” in which he attempts to explain why he causes such a ruckus.
Keep an eye on Busch this year as he drives for Furniture Row Racing. Like him or not there’s usually a story or two following him around. Whether they’ll have more to do with racing this year remains to be seen.