1 Jeff Gordon tied Dale Earnhardt for sixth on the career wins list (with 76) by taking his first checkered flag of the season, at Phoenix (above). Gordon's key move was, fittingly, cribbed from the Intimidator's playbook: With 13 laps remaining, he banged into the backside of Tony Stewart's Chevy, causing Stewart to slide up the track as Gordon made the pass. Said Gordon, "Bumping and banging, that's the way I wanted to get number 76."
2 In Phoenix the Car of Tomorrow was on the track for the third time, and the reviews from the drivers were nearly unanimous: The CoT is getting easier to drive, but the handling in the corners is still treacherous. The drivers had better get used to the new ride, however, because NASCAR is satisfied with the quality of racing it's seen with the CoT. NASCAR is virtually certain to fast-forward its timetable and mandate the CoT for all races starting in '08.