Dale Earnhardt Jr. was surprised to learn that the Republican Congressman from Georgia sponsoring an amendment to ban military sports spending has not been to a NASCAR race.

Now, NASCAR’s most popular driver — who is sponsored by the National Guard— is inviting him to one.

Earnhardt spoke Friday, a day after the House Appropriations Committee approved the $608 billion defense bill that included an amendment to prevent the military from sponsoring pro sports. The bill is sponsored by Reps. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., and Betty McCollum, D-Minn