No End In Sight For Lawsuit Between NASCAR, ISC and Kentucky Speedway

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge said attorneys for NASCAR,
International Speedway Corp. and Kentucky Speedway should consider
returning to the bargaining table.

U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman said Monday an expected
monthlong trial, followed by several years of appeals, could be
avoided if the two sides continue mediation.

NASCAR and ISC attorneys asked Bertelsman for a summary judgment
Monday, arguing the speedway has insufficient evidence to prove
NASCAR and ISC worked together with other tracks to keep the
Kentucky track from acquiring a NASCAR Nextel Cup race.

Bertelsman said he won't rule on the motion until January at the
earliest. A March 4 trial date already has been set.

"If you want to, now would be a good time to return to
mediation," Bertelsman said.

The two sides met for five hours in June with no success, and
Bertelsman said it was his understanding neither side wants to

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