Cingular Stays For Now

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Jeff Burton's RCR Chevy will continue to carry the Cingular colors and logo for at least two weeks after Thursday's court session.

There was no ruling after four hours in front of U.S. District court judge Marvin H. Schoob on Thursday in the case that finds AT&T, which bought Cingular in December, trying to add its colors and logos to Burton's car in a branding change.

NASCAR is fighting the move on behalf of series title sponsor Sprint NEXTEL, which was granted a wireless cellphone exclusivity as part of its ten year, $700 million sponsorship of NASCAR's top series.

"NASCAR presented its case to the court today and we eagerly await a decision," said NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston. "NASCAR is defending every driver, team and track involved with NASCAR. The court’s ruling will be important to protect the very flexible and open environment that allows for hundreds of sponsors to successfully participate in NASCAR."

"NASCAR is defending every driver, team and track involved with NASCAR," Poston said. "The court's ruling will be important to protect the very flexible and open environment that allows for hundreds of sponsors to successfully participate in NASCAR. ... NASCAR will continue to protect the industry in any future attacks on our key partners."

A May 7 deadline to submit additional briefs to the court has been set.

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