1 Now that Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have all been hit hard by penalties this season, the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 on Sunday from New Hampshire International Speedway represents the dawn of a new era in NASCAR, one in which conspiracy theorists must find someone else who the circuit is favoring. Oh, wait, there's still Juan Pablo Montoya.
2 After going 36 consecutive races without a victory, dating to 2005, Larry Dixon has won two in a row entering the National Hot Rod Assn.'s debut this week in Norwalk, Ohio. With his 40th win on Sunday, Dixon surpassed Kenny Bernstein for second all-time in top fuel to Joe Amato's 52 victories. Dixon's victories book-ended Father's Day. Since becoming a father, Dixon won five straight years on Father's Day, and lost in 2006 in his only finals of the year. And you thought Don Garlits was drag racing's "Big Daddy."
3 The Champ Car World Series returns to the 2.65-mile Mont-Tremblant road course in Quebec for the first time since 1968. It's the first leg of the recently christened "Canadian Triple Crown." A trophy and bragging rights go to the two-car team that averages the best finishing position Sunday, on the streets of Toronto on July 8, and on the airport layout at Edmonton on July 22.