Jeff Gordon said Friday he regrets letting his emotions affect his actions when he intentionally wrecked a car driven by Clint Bowyer late in Sunday's race at Phoenix International raceway.
Gordon was fined $100,000, docked 25 points and placed on probation for the remainder of the year for the incident, which took Bowyer out of contention for the championship and wrecked two other cars.
The wreck led to a fight on pit road between members of the two teams.
"I feel like that Clint needed to be dealt with, but that wasn't the right way to go about it," Gordon told reporters Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway during a press conference. "Certainly not the right time. What I hate most was other guys were involved. I certainly look back on it and wish I had done some things different.''
Gordon admitted that some form of retaliation is possible in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but said he felt like he made his point with the Phoenix crash.
"I don't think they're going to be messing with me anytime soon," Gordon said. "I think that message has been sent loud and clear."