WASHINGTON ERVING MOTORSPORTS INKS ANOTHER DOCTOR
Dr Pepper Co. announced it will sponsor Washington
Erving Motorsports' Ford race car on NASCAR's Busch Grand
national circuit in '98, marking the first time the soft
drink brand has sponsored a race car. The maroon Dr Pepper-
sponsored Ford Taurus will debut in February at Daytona
Beach during Speedweeks, '98 (Dr Pepper).
AROUND THE TRACK: The QVC network announced that it
will not sponsor Geoff Bodine's car next year. QVC said it
planned to step up its involvement in NASCAR in other ways,
but did not reveal its plans (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD,
9/20)....Brett Bodine unveiled sponsorship from the Royal
Purple Motor Oil Co. at Dover Downs Int'l Speedway Sunday.
Bodine "terminated" his sponsorship agreement with FL-based
Catalyst Communications, Inc. on Friday after they "failed
to meet its payment obligations." The CA-based Royal Purple
will provide Bodine with "full financial support" for the
remainder of the '97 season (Indianapolis STAR-NEWS, 9/19).