Boris Said lands pole at Daytona

What a difference a sweet ride makes in NASCAR. Boris Said and his team bought Greg Biffle's 2005 Budweiser Shootout car and placed it on the pole for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway. It is Said's second career pole. Said's lap...

What a difference a sweet ride makes in NASCAR. Boris Said and his team bought Greg Biffle's 2005 Budweiser Shootout car and placed it on the pole for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

It is Said's second career pole. Said's lap of 186.143 mph bested the field by a full mile-per-hour. Said put these team together just eight weeks ago and with the help of Jack Roush he managed to eclipse all the Roush team cars as well as the two Yates rides.

"We knew we had a good car," commented Said. "This is actually the car that Greg Biffle ran the Bud Shootout in and we bought from Roush. It was really easy. This Sobe No Fear race team has done an unbelievable job in eight weeks. We've gotten a lot of help from everyone at Roush Industries and all the guys back at the body shop in Concord at Roush. They really gave us a great car and these Roush-Yates engines are the best."

Tony Stewart will start second after qualifying with a lap of 185.651 mph.

"We always seem to have a good driving car for Daytona," commented Stewart. "We're cautiously optimistic that we're going to run well. We need a good week next week. The good thing is that the morale of the team is up. This team has battled adversity so many times that it takes a lot to beat this team down. A lot of what we've seen is a reflection of my attitude. If I'm not down about what's happening, then the team doesn't get down about it."

Rookie David Stremme was third with a time of 185.578 mph, "We did a lot of qualifying runs to make sure we got in the field solid."

Jeff Gordon and Joe Nemechek complete the top five.

"I'm really hoping to take this "Superman" Chevy to Victory Lane this weekend," said Gordon. "It was a big weekend for us last weekend.we're still riding that cloud. It's been a fun week. We did some testing at Milwaukee getting our restrictor plate car ready. It's been an interesting week, a short week but it's been a lot of fun."

Forty-eight cars attempted to qualify for the forty-three car field. Failing to make the show were Scott Wimmer, Kevin Lepage, Kenny Wallace, Chad Blount and Kertus Davis.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Boris Said , Joe Nemechek , Kenny Wallace , Greg Biffle , Kevin Lepage , Chad Blount , Scott Wimmer , David Stremme , Kertus Davis , Jack Roush