Our Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts media combined combined the Bluegrass State's passion for NASCAR and thoroughbred horsepower when 1978 Triple Crown winning jockey Steve Cauthen advised driver Carl Edwards about completing a Kentucky Speedway career triple crown by adding a Sprint Cup Series title. 

While thoroughbred California Chrome was making its bid for this season's Triple Crown, he last jockey to complete the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes provided unique competitive insight for Edwards. 

"First of all, you need a good horse or car. It's a sense of timing, a fearlessness to go when you need to get through a gap or bump somebody in the rear end to let them know you need them to get out of your way.

"You have to have the desire to win and take the chances that are necessary to secure a victory. When you go to the front, you better make sure you feel you have enough to get all the way home," Cauthen analyzed.

Edwards was able to connect the NASCAR and thoroughbred racing worlds as well. 

"If you really think about being on one of those horses, at the speeds they're going, with everybody running into each other and basically fighting at speed - that's probably a pretty stressful environment. A lot of times that's how it feels in racecars," he said.

Despite the sage advice, Edwards' quest to become the second driver capture Kentucky Speedway titles in each NASCAR national series came up short with a 17th-place result.

He'll attempt to complete the commonwealth feat with his new Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 team July 11, 2015 during the fifth Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts.

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