Jim Beam to end sponsorship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The maker of Jim Beam Bourbon will stop sponsoring Robby Gordon's Sprint Cup team next season, sending another liquor company to the NASCAR sidelines.

A day after Jack Daniels announced it would stop supporting Casey Mears' No. 07 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. said Tuesday it was shifting sponsorship dollars to areas outside NASCAR.

Jim Beam had been the sponsor of Gordon's No. 7 Toyota since 2005. The company will continue to fund the team through the end of this season.

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