SPARTA, Ky. - Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer (R) of Kentucky has issued a friendly challenge to his counterpart Senate Majority Leader Harvey S. Peeler (R) of South Carolina for Saturday's Sept. 20, NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) 300 at Kentucky Speedway race.

Kentucky Sen. Thayer has put up a case of Four Roses Single Barrel, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, while South Carolina Sen. Peeler has countered with Myrtle Beach's premium barbecue. 

Each senator selected a driver in the top 15 NNS championship standings starting with Sen. Peeler who will stay close to home claiming Jeremy Clements.

"Jeremy will smoke him like SC BBQ," said Sen. Peeler. We are staying close to home for this one. Brad Dean and his team have done a great job of reaching out to the race fans for the 300 at Kentucky Speedway."

Chase Elliott, the NNS rookie and series points leader is Sen. Thayer's pick.

"I appreciate Leader Peeler accepting my challenge in this weekend's Nationwide (Series) race at Kentucky Speedway," said Sen. Thayer. "I look forward to enjoying fine South Carolina barbecue when Chase Elliott out runs Jeremy Clements. It goes great with Kentucky bourbon!"

The driver with the highest finishing position will determine the winner of the Grand Strand Challenge.

The NNS 300 at Kentucky Speedway will anchor the race weekend which begins Friday, Sept. 19 with the ARCA Racing Series ZLOOP 150.

Tickets and campsites for all Kentucky Speedway events can be purchased through, by calling (859) 578-2300 or visiting the Kentucky Speedway ticket office at 1 Speedway Drive in Sparta, Ky., just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N.

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