"I accept NASCAR's penalty and realize what I did during Sunday's race at Texas was inappropriate," he said. "Even in my relatively short time here in NASCAR, it's pretty obvious to everyone that I wear my emotions on my sleeve. Sometimes that passion has allowed me to find that little something extra I needed to win, and other times it's made me cross the line. Sunday at Texas was one of those days."
"Whether or not (my maturity) is the cause for me not being able to contend for a championship, I would have to disagree 100 percent," he said. "I won a Nationwide championship last year being the same person I am."