Edwards talks possible Triple Crown at Kentucky
June 04, 2014, Holly Cain, NASCAR.com
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Fittingly as the sporting world is abuzz in anticipation of a possible Triple Crown feat in horse racing this weekend, Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards visited legendary jockey Steve Cauthen's horse farm near Kentucky Speedway where Edwards will go for his own Kentucky Triple Crown later this summer.
Edwards and Cauthen -- who rode Affirmed to the last Triple Crown 36 years ago – exchanged accessories and insight on Tuesday afternoon. Cauthen presented Edwards with authentic riding silks – even emblazoned with the Ford Racing logo – some goggles and a green horseshoe. Edwards in turn, gave Cauthen a helmet shield, and racing gloves.
When Edwards returns for the June 28 Cup race he will be attempting to be a Kentucky Speedway triple winner. The Roush Fenway Racing driver got his first ever NASCAR national series win there in 2003 in the Camping World Truck Series and won the Nationwide Series race on the 1.5-miler in 2005.
"From 2003 until now, everything has changed for me, but that was really the one moment when my career changed and took off, that first win for Jack Roush in the Truck Series," Edwards said. "To have the opportunity to come back 11 years later and to potentially have won in all three of NASCAR's major series at Kentucky Speedway is really exciting.
"And to be here with Steve is really exciting. A lot of parallels (between the sports), it's pretty neat to hear him describe horse racing. And you've got to be fearless."
Cauthen spoke also spoke about the similarities between the racing, including the kind of preparation it takes in advance of a big outing such as the Triple Crown – a race he won at only 18 years old.
"It was a long three weeks the build-up to it and I just tried to treat it like any other race even though you know it's not any other race," Cauthen shared. "You just focus on the best situation to get your horse up front or in Carl's case, your race car up front.
That's something Edwards has proven he knows how to do.
Edwards has two top-10 finishes in three Cup starts at Kentucky, including a runner-up in his No. 99 Fastenal Ford in last year's race. His Nationwide Series win in 2005 came from the pole position and he also has another runner-up in that race.
"Kentucky is a driver's race track and really a lot of fun," Edwards said. "To me, to win there, there's a lot of pride there because of how tough of a race track it is."