NASCAR Wins Appeal Against ATT

A ruling by a federal appeals court cleared the way for NASCAR to prevent AT&T Inc. from displaying its logo on Jeff Burton's No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

NASCAR had contended the switch from Cingular to AT&T, when the company was bought, violated a deal to grandfather in existing wireless communications companies, in an effort to protect series title sponsor Sprint-NEXTEL.

The ruling supported that effort.

"Because Cingular was neither a party to nor an intended beneficiary of the [grandfather clause], it has not itself suffered a legally cognizable injury as a result of NASCAR's interpretation," the three-judge panel wrote in its unanimous decision to overturn the May 18 decision of U.S. District Court Judge Marvin Shoob which had granted a temporary injunction for the team to run the logos.

It is not known what logos will be on the No. 31 car this weekend in Michigan.

The case, which includes a $100 million countersuit by NASCAR against AT&T, is still scheduled to go to trial.

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