Kentucky Speedway, Speedway Motorsports Inc., Kentucky Distillers Association (KDA) and four prominent Kentucky distillers presented a special "thank you" today to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon, who is competing in his final full-time season. 
 
Four Roses, Jim Beam, Michter's and Wild Turkey each gave the four-time Sprint Cup Series champion 24 bottles with each bottle featuring a special one-of-a-kind autographed label.
 
Kentucky is internationally known for its bourbon whiskey producing 95 percent of the world's supply.
 
KDA gave Gordon a trunk full of glassware, barware and other gifts to enjoy his new collection and to remember his time in Kentucky, the one, true and authentic home for bourbon.
 
The Master Distillers from each distiller were in attendance today. Jimmy Russell, Wild Turkey Bourbon, joined the distillery in 1954 and is currently the director of the Kentucky Distillery Association. Jim Rutledge, Four Roses Bourbon, has been the Master Distiller since 1995 and is a member of the inaugural class of the Bourbon Hall of Fame. Fred Noe, Jim Beam, the seventh generation of "the first family of distillers" in 2007 and Willie Pratt of Michter's Whiskey who has more than 40 years of experience in the whiskey industry.
 
"Jeff Gordon is a legend in the racing world, so it's only appropriate that our living Bourbon legends are here today to congratulate him on an outstanding career," KDA President Eric Gregory said.
 
"It's truly an honor to toast Mr. Gordon as he undertakes one last round at Kentucky Speedway. We hope he savors these special bottlings just as fans around the globe have cherished his thrilling races."
 
Gordon will be bidding for his first Sprint Cup Series Kentucky Speedway victory, something he has been vocal about achieving.
 
If Gordon wins at Kentucky, he will be the first driver to win at every track on the current Sprint Cup Series schedule. He has finished in the top ten in each of the first four Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts races. 
 
"Knowing Jeff, we wanted to provide him with a gift he can share with many of the people who have touched his career," said Mark Simendinger, Kentucky Speedway general manager. "We are honored that he has competed here and hope these bottles of Kentucky's very best bourbon bring him much happiness and fond memories of the Commonwealth."
 
Tickets, ticket packages, Kroger Fan Zone passes that provide a stage-side view of Jerrod Niemann's Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts race-day concert, and campsites can be reserved through http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com, by calling (859) 578-2300 or visiting the speedway ticket office at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Ky., 41086 just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N.