Daytona II: Boris Said race report

SAID FINISHES 28TH IN A THRILLING RIDE AT DAYTONA DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 3, 2005) -- Boris Said's wild ride in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway produced a 28th-place finish for the part-time Nextel Cup racer. The event, which...

SAID FINISHES 28TH IN A THRILLING RIDE AT DAYTONA

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 3, 2005) -- Boris Said's wild ride in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway produced a 28th-place finish for the part-time Nextel Cup racer.

The event, which officially started Saturday at 11 p.m. ET and ended at 1:45 a.m. Sunday, saw Said perform a few thrilling spins and turns during the 160-lap race on the 2.5-mile tri-oval.

"You can't say it wasn't eventful," offered Said. "I had a couple of rides tonight that would make Disney World and Universal Studios very jealous. I'd like to see an engineer make a car traveling at 180 miles per hour sliding and turning through a soggy area of grass while staying on all four wheels."

The first of a couple of thrilling rides for Said happened on Lap 113 when he was running in 22nd-place. As Said came off the high-banking of Turn 4, he lost control of his CENTRIX Financial Chevrolet and went sliding and spinning through the Speedway's manicured infield grass.

"The 09 car of Johnny Sauter pushed up off the corner and it was either spinning him or me. I took the politically correct route," explained Said.

Said, who started the race fourth -- his best NASCAR Cup qualifying effort, ran in the high teens to low 20s for a good portion of the race.

"I felt pretty comfortable in what my car was doing," explained Said. "After the spin, we made some repairs and we were back out there picking off spots."

But on Lap 139, Said went for another 360-degree ride. This time it was due to a right front tire going flat. He hit the wall on this one and did damage to the radiator.

"That was costly," noted Said. "My goal was a top-20 or better finish and I thought we were going to get that. But that last incident really hurt us. We'll get them next time."

Said's next shot at reaching his goal at a Nextel Cup oval race will be the Brickyard 400 (Aug. 7) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Boris Said , Johnny Sauter