The November 1998 settlement limits cigarette companies to one brand-name sponsorship a year. RJR, whose Winston brand has been the title sponsor of the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series since 1975, will terminate that relationship after the 2001 season to maintain its 30-year sponsorship of the NASCAR Winston Cup.
The settlement permitted cigarette companies to continue brand-name sponsorships for up to three years, from Aug. 1, 1998. -- Cara Beardi
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