Friday, June 8, 2012

Is Tony Stewart changing his tune on Kurt Busch?

   It was just a few days ago Tony Stewart made it absolutely clear he had no problem with the comments from driver Kurt Busch toward a reporter that drew a 10-day suspension from NASCAR.

   Last Saturday at Dover, Del., Sporting News reporter Bob Pockrass asked Busch a question about a run-in with another driver while he is on NASCAR probation. Busch's response: “It refrains me from not beating the (expletive) out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions.”   

    On his Sirius Satellite Radio show Tuesday night, Stewart said he agreed with Busch and “liked his answer.”

   Yet, during Stewart's media availability on Friday at Pocono Raceway, Stewart seemed to indicate that as an owner he may shy away from a driver like Busch who continues to run afoul of NASCAR.

   "You definitely have to look at that, for sure because you know half of the battle is getting a good partner and sponsor. And if the sponsors are leery, then it puts you in a bad spot as an owner unless you have unlimited funding and can just put in there whoever you want," Stewart said. "It’s definitely a huge concern."

   Do Stewart the driver and Stewart the owner have different perspectives? Or has Stewart's opinion of Busch's comments changed?


  1. He doesn't want to be punished too by Nascar? Or he realized how awful he sounded bashing a reporter that way?

  2. Of course, the driver and the owner have different perspectives. Not only on comments made, but on what happens on the track.

    Even the most aggressive "beat and bang" drivers ON the track... view it differently, when THEY are the ones replacing the wrecked cars as an owner.

    The ones who can't seperate the two perspectives are the ones who don't succeed as owners.

  3. NASCAR told Tony the owner that if Tony the driver kept supporting Busch then Tony the driver would have a hard time racing when Tony the owner's cars wouldn't make it through the inspection line.

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