1 Though reports over the weekend suggested Dale Earnhardt Jr. was close to an agreement with Joe Gibbs Racing on a long-term contract, don't believe it. A source with knowledge of the situation says that Gibbs is not even the front-runner and that Junior will be making an announcement by the end of June. The favorite to land Little E? Hendrick Motorsports.
2 When Earnhardt announced in early May that he was leaving Dale Earnhardt Inc., the general assumption in the garage was that fellow DEI driver Martin Truex Jr. (above) would follow Little E out the door. Wrong. Truex, 26, is committed long term to DEI, and he's a worthy No. 1. On Monday he dominated at Dover and won his first Cup race. With the emergence of Truex, who is currently 13th in the standings, DEI's future suddenly doesn't look so bleak.