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?