House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) this week struck back at a measure ending the military’s sponsorship of NASCAR, setting the stage for a showdown on the House floor next month.

McKeon raised a point of order against a provision in the Defense appropriations bill that would kill military sponsorships of NASCAR and other sporting events. And the Rules Committee decided Thursday to allow a vote on the House floor to strip it from the bill.

McKeon had to object to the provision because it passed the full Appropriations Committee — something that failed to happen for a similar measure in committee and on the House floor in 2011.