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“He was really supportive,” Annett said. “He understands that it was a mistake. He knows that’s not the kind of person I am.”

Annett also acknowledged a report by Charlotte’s WCNC-TV that he was in an accident last year that involved texting while driving.

“It was a bad judgment call,” Annett said. “I compete in the Nationwide series, they have a great program actually about texting while driving, an awareness program, and I’ve participated in it, I’ve talked to kids about it. And I definitely should have been doing a lot more listening than I was talking those days.”

Annett is entering his first season for Rusty Wallace Racing, and apologized to the team earlier this week.

“Driving while intoxicated, besides killing somebody, or shooting somebody, it’s the worst thing you can possibly do,” Annett said. “It was just a huge mistake on my part.”