Kurt Busch and Justin Allgaier exchanged a little paint during Saturday's Nationwide race at Dover, leading to a bit of a heated discussion between the two following the race.
"He thinks we purposely hit him," Busch told ESPN reporter Jerry Punch. "And so he drove like a you-know-what all day. He tried to door us and tried to do stupid things out on the track.
"I'm on probation so I can't even pick my nose the right way.
"There's clowns that want to play and we'll play. I got no problem with it. But then there's fans that will get on blog sites and Twitter tonight and just start talking a bunch of riff-raff. All's what it was was the initial start of the race. Race your car kid, race your car. That's all there is to it."
When Sporting News reporter Bob Pockrass posed a follow up question moments later, Busch didn't bite his tongue as he did when in front of the ESPN cameras.
"It [probation] refrains me from not beating the s--- out of you right now, because you ask me stupid questions," Busch said. "But since I'm on probation, I suppose that's improper to say as well. If you could talk about racing things, we could talk about racing things, Bob."
Busch has had a few run-ins with reporters within the past year. He had to be restrained during a confrontation with NASCAR.com reporter Joe Menzer last September at Richmond. When Associated Press writer Jenna Fryer tried to show him a transcript of something he claimed he hadn't said, he ripped it up in front of her.
After he wrecked during the season finale at Homestead, he began cursing at Punch while awaiting the ESPN crew to cut to them for an interview. While ESPN cameras didn't capture the exchange, a nearby race fan with a camera phone did.
The outbursts ultimately cost Busch his Sprint Cup ride at Penske Racing.
He landed at Phoenix Racing, but was recently fined $50,000 and placed on probation (through July 25) after an incident with Ryan Newman and his crew at Darlington.