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Kevin Harvick Lashed Out at Jimmie Johnson With "Golden Horseshoe" Comment After Major 2010 Win

The post-race interviews in NASCAR can, at times, be just as entertaining as the racing itself. These instances are typically when drivers' true feelings and opinions really show themselves, and a perfect example of this happened back in 2010 during an interview with Kevin Harvick.

After Jimmie Johnson grabbed his 48th career win at the Auto Club Speedway Cup race, Harvick didn't hold back his true thoughts about the situation. He frankly stated that Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team at Hendrick Motorsports had a "golden horseshoe stuck up their ass."

Take a second and check out the clip in the video below, and you'll see Harvick reflecting back on his old not-so-nice soundbite.

Now, the "golden horseshoe" that Harvick was referring to was the combination of what he considered to be an unfairly fast car and a skilled driver. With that, it gave Johnson an advantage over the competition to make up for lost time and close gaps more easily. Johnson was pretty unstoppable around this time, and I could see how it might be a bit frustrating for the other drivers. It was pretty clear, though, that Harvick was just talking out of anger from being blocked during the Auto Club race.

Towards the end of the clip, Harvick admits that the "golden horseshoe" incident wasn't one of his proudest moments. He acknowledges that it wasn't the best thing to say at the time, and that he was a little misguided in his opinions. He also clarifies that Johnson won all those races legitimately, not because of luck, but because of his driving skills and the powerful car that Johnson and his team put hard work into.

Good on Harvick for eventually being able to look back on his old comments, realize that he was wrong, and have a laugh about the whole thing. For drivers who don't take themselves too seriously, it's probably fun to occasionally look back and chuckle at the ridiculous things they once said. And, for Harvick, who has nearly 25-years' experience in NASCAR's highest level, that's probably happened quite a few times.

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