(Gallatin County, KY) -- On Thursday, cops will be racing around the track.  Eight departments from the area are sending teams to compete in the Kentucky Speedway's Top Cop Challenge.

The timed laps are part of Police Memorial Week, and the winner of Thursday's race will receive 200 tickets to the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup race, to give out in their community.

Cincinnati's Police Chief feels pretty confident, even though Jeffery Blackwell admits he hasn't raced before.  He and Officer Luke Putnik will be competing with seven other law enforcement agencies to get the fastest time around the track.  Last year, Lexington's Chief Ronnie Bastin, won.

The home court advantage goes to Josh Neale.  He's the Sheriff of Gallatin County, where the track is located.  He lost by a few tenths of a second last year, but, winning isn't the most important thing.  Neale says he's just there to have fun, and get to meet other officers in a non-official capacity.

Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger also says the winners will be recognized during the opening ceremonies of the Quaker State 400, which this year is June 28th.