1 The troubled Toyota operation took a step forward at the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte. In the first race using a reconfigured engine—adjusted to give cars more power coming out of turns—five Camrys qualified, the most for Toyota in a non--Car of Tomorrow race. Even better, Brian Vickers (above, left), who led for 76 laps, gave the manufacturer its first top five finish in Cup competition.
2 Greg Biffle was unhappy last week with owner Jack Roush's decision to sack crew chief Pat Tryson and bring in Greg Erwin, formerly of Robby Gordon Motorsports. But the '05 Cup runner-up and Tryson could reunite: Tryson has been in negotiations with Dale Earnhardt Inc., and Biffle, whose Roush contract is up after the '08 season, has also been talking with DEI. Meanwhile, Biffle's lost season continues—he fell three slots in the standings, to 19th, after his last place finish in the 600, his fifth straight finish outside of the top 10.