Kansas: Boris Said race report

SAID'S KANSAS PERFORMANCE BETTER THAN RESULT KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 9, 2005) -- The final result sheet will show that Boris Said finished 31st in Sunday's Nextel Cup race at Kansas Speedway. But what the sheet won't show is the improvement...

SAID'S KANSAS PERFORMANCE BETTER THAN RESULT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 9, 2005) -- The final result sheet will show that Boris Said finished 31st in Sunday's Nextel Cup race at Kansas Speedway. But what the sheet won't show is the improvement the part-time racer demonstrated in the 400-mile Banquet 400.

"For my fifth race this season on a non-restrictor plate oval, I felt I made some pretty big gains this weekend," noted Said. "We were clicking off competitive lap times all day and felt we had at least a top-20 car."

The one self-admitted mistake by Said is when he spun out on Lap 120 of 267. Though he saved his CENTRIX Financial Chevrolet from any contact, the incident was costly for the MB/Sutton Motorsports team. It relegated Said to the rear of the field and one lap down.

"I got into the No. 43 (Jeff Green) and instead of spinning him out, I spun myself out."

What a guy.

After getting fresh tires, Said went back on the track with the same confidence and performance as prior to the spin.

"Boris did a great job, he was at ease with a ton of self-confidence," said crew chief Frank Stoddard. "The entire team was on today; it's just too bad we don't have more to show for it. But we'll keep plugging away."

Said, known for his road-racing expertise, was thankful about the tip he received from his MB2 Motorsports teammate Joe Nemechek.

"Joe told me something after the first practice Friday and it was just a tiny little thing, but it made a big difference," offered Said. "I even got to pass him once today, but it didn't take him long to retake his position. It's great to have a teammate like Joe, he's a pro and I appreciate the help he has given me. I just want to learn and get better in each race. I think I did that today. I am starting to figure out this oval racing."

Said won't have to wait long for his next opportunity to improve. He and the CENTRIX Financial team will be at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte for Saturday night's UAW-GM Quality 500.

"Lowe's is my nemesis," explained Said. "I didn't qualify for the Memorial Day race there, but we have tested at the track since and hopefully it will be a different scenario this time around. After today, I just can't wait to get back on those ovals."

-mb/sm-

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