Lots of people deal with stupid questions and annoying people all day long. Talking to the media is part of the job. Richard Petty pioneered this 50 years ago. If he cannot handle it he should come up with a new way to do it like having a handler poke him in the side when he is starting to go nuts or waiting 10 minutes before he talks or talking to them one at a time.
I deal with people asking stupid questions all of the time because I am a teacher. I am not talking about the questions that kids ask - I am talking about parents who e-mail and call with all sorts of inane questions.
For example: I had one mom who e-mailed me more than 45 times over a two year period about why her kid wasn't doing well in Spanish 1 last year and in Spanish 2 this year.
My answer (every time) was: he is not doing his assignments, he is not studying for his quizzes, he keeps on trying to play with his iPhone that you gave him (we are not allowed to confiscate them because parents will lie and say we confiscated the newest iPhone and returned a two year old phone, or we damaged it, or we lost it, yadda, yadda, yadda), no he cannot re-take the test/quiz, yes he can turn in the assignment for 1/2 credit. No, I do not offer extra credit.
I wanted to tell her: Hey lady! You know your kid a helluva lot better than I do - you live with him! How do I know why he is doing this? Maybe it's because you treat him like a little boy so he keeps acting like one! Why don't you let him live with the consequences of his lazy behavior and let him man up a little bit? Also, why did you give this kid an iPhone? All he does is play with it. How can he focus on class when I am forever telling him to put his shiny new toy away? Way to go - give a 13 year old the ultimate in ADD toys! And, for the 45th time, he can turn in the work late for 1/2 credit! Why do you keep asking me that when you know what the answer will be? Now I know why your kid doesn't pay any attention - you don't pay any attention either!
Buuuuuuuuuuuuut...., if I said anything remotely impolite, I would have my fat ass drug into the principal's office and have half of it chewed off by my principal and the other half chewed off by the asst. superintendent in charge of paper clips. If I mentioned physically attacking this mom in any way (like Busch did to the reporter) I would be fired and have my ugly mug plastered all over the local TV stations ("local teacher threaten a concerned parent...").
My stories were nothing compared to the French teacher next door to me.
I think the reporter asked Busch a good question - was his status of being on probation hurting his ability to race the car the way he would like to? Answer: of course.