Like NASCAR driver Jeff Burton’s No. 31 car speeding around the track, a dispute between the stock car racing body and Burton sponsor AT&T has raced through the federal courts. On Thursday it made a crucial pit stop at the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for oral argument, less than five months after NASCAR filed its lawsuit.

Although the appeals court had agreed to expedite its consideration of the matter, the judges on the appellate panel seemed to question the need for the courts to give the parties a quick fix.

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