Daytona II: Boris Said race report

Late Accident Sidelines Said in Daytona Wreckfest DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 5, 2008) -- Boris Said's competitive run in Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway was short circuited when he hit the wall with 11 laps ...

Late Accident Sidelines Said in Daytona Wreckfest

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 5, 2008) -- Boris Said's competitive run in Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway was short circuited when he hit the wall with 11 laps remaining. The accident sent him to the garage early with a 35th-place finish.

"I feel bad that we didn't finish the race because we hardly had a scratch on our No Fear Energy/Advance Auto Parts Ford," explained Said, who qualified seventh. "I slid up the track, got hit and that put me into the wall. We had too much damage to the car and not enough time to fix it."

Said wasn't the only driver who left the World Center of Racing with a damaged car. Accidents brought out six cautions in the final 30 laps. The race also ended under caution due to a four-car melee during the green-white-checkered restart.

"There were a lot wrecks out there, it looked more like a Martinsville race,"offered Said.

Overall, Said felt good about the team's performance even thought was handicapped because of starting the race in qualifying trim.

"Not having the opportunity to practice in race trim was a big disadvantage," said Said. "But when you're a go-or-go-homer, you put all of your focus in qualifying. And when we were told in the driver's meeting that we couldn't change springs, that even hurt more. But Frankie (crewchief, Stoddard) and the crew continued to make good adjustments to the No Fear Energy/Advance Auto Parts Ford Fusion. We were loose in traffic, but good in single file on the long runs."

As Said was leaving the famed 2.5-mile track late Saturday night he was asked about the pros and cons of restrictor-plate racing.

"I love it," proclaimed Said. "There's nothing I hate about Daytona. I wish we came here every week."

Said's 2008 part-time schedule will continue with three races in August. He will drive the Team Rensi Ford at the Nationwide road race in Montreal (Aug. 2) and will compete in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup road races the following weekend in Watkins Glen. N.Y.

-credit: bs

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Boris Said