Daytona Duel: Said - Ford interview

The qualifying procedure for the Daytona 500 may be confusing to most, but one man who knows exactly how it works is Boris Said, driver of the No. 60 7-Eleven Ford Fusion. Said has a couple of different scenarios as far as what it will...

The qualifying procedure for the Daytona 500 may be confusing to most, but one man who knows exactly how it works is Boris Said, driver of the No. 60 7-Eleven Ford Fusion. Said has a couple of different scenarios as far as what it will take for him to make "The Great American Race" and he knows every single one of them. He shared those thoughts before Wednesday's practice.

BORIS SAID -- No. 60 7-Eleven Ford Fusion

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE SCENARIOS OF WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TOMORROW TO MAKE THE 500? "Completely, and I think I'm the only one. I've been watching TV and they've been getting it all wrong and people in the garage have been getting it all wrong. Basically, if I spin out in the first race, I get in if Joe Nemechek qualifies in the top two. If he doesn't, then in the second race my last chance is David Reutimann has to finish in the top two, then I transfer. But then there are a lot of other little things like, if Kurt Busch doesn't transfer in the first race, then he takes a championship provisional and then I'm sure David Reutimann will have team orders to pull over and let the 44 car go through. My hopes are that if I don't transfer and Joe Nemechek doesn't transfer is at least Kurt Busch transfers. But I also think that the two 150's are stacked pretty heavily where the faster guys are in the first race. For me, it would have been a little bit better if I was in the second one, but we've just got to go as hard as we can."

SO IT'S A NO HOLDS BARRED MENTALITY FOR YOU? "Yeah. The only worry we have is now, hopefully, it looks like we'll get practice in, but I haven't done one lap of drafting in these cars yet. We've worked on nothing but qualifying. The rain scared me last night, but it looks like now we're going to get it in."

HAS IT BEEN HARD SLEEPING THE LAST COUPLE OF NIGHTS? "Yes. You want to make this race so bad. You lie down in bed and just keep thinking about all these different scenarios, so I'll be glad when it's all over on Thursday. Hopefully, it's on the good side."

-credit: ford racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Boris Said , Joe Nemechek , Kurt Busch , David Reutimann