1 The goodwill with which Juan Pablo Montoya began his rookie season is being used up quickly. His aggressive driving has ruffled more than a few feathers in the garage. In last Saturday's Nextel Open, Montoya caused a multicar accident on the first lap when he got loose under David Gilliland. Said AJ Allmendinger, whose number 84 Toyota was one of six cars knocked out of the race in the crack-up, "Just another stupid mistake by the same guy." It was the seventh wreck Montoya (42, above, in a May 6 Richmond incident) has been involved in this season.
2 The news that 1988 Cup champ Bill Elliott will come out of semiretirement to drive the number 21 Ford exposes a flaw in NASCAR's arcane championship provisional rule. The Wood Brothers car, which has been driven by Ken Schrader, ranks 39th in owner points, meaning it must qualify on speed for each race. But the presence of Elliott, who has six championship provisional entries, allows the underperforming Wood team to run six races without having to qualify. Provisionals weren't a big deal a few years ago when almost every car that showed up could get into the field; but now, with so many more teams trying to qualify every week, dropping in with a provisional isn't fair.