BORIS SAID, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: Note: Said, filling in this week for Mike Wallace, who in turn is filling in for the injured Jerry Nadeau in the MB2 Motorsports Pontiac, was fastest for a while in the pre-qualifying practice...
BORIS SAID, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: Note: Said, filling in this week for Mike Wallace, who in turn is filling in for the injured Jerry Nadeau in the MB2 Motorsports Pontiac, was fastest for a while in the pre-qualifying practice session for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series event before the gearbox let go coming off Turn 11.
WHAT HAPPENED? "The gearbox just blew up. There was no warning. It was just like turning off a light switch. We were doing pretty well, just working on race setups. The tires were old and we weren’t taped up or anything (when he set the fastest lap in practice)."
Following an extended time in the garage for repairs, Said came back out and promptly set the fastest lap on his second circuit out of the garage. Said is pulling triple duty here this weekend. In addition to running the U.S. Army Pontiac in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 on Sunday, Said will pilot the No. 99 Federated Auto Parts/Valvoline Chevrolet in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series as well as take a turn with the Trans-Am Series on Saturday.
RICKY CRAVEN, NO. 32 TIDE PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: NOTE: Ricky Craven, coming off three straight top-15 finishes in the Tide Pontiac, suffered through mechanical woes in the two-hour practice session prior to qualifying. According to the team, a bearing problem in the lower end of the engine forced them to change the engine in the No. 32 Tide Pontiac.
STEVE PARK, NO. 30 AOL CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: Note: Richard Childress Racing put Trans-Am driver Brian Simo in the cockpit of the No. 30 Monte Carlo during the middle stages of Friday’s practice. Simo, who is very familiar with the Infineon Raceway course from racing sports cars, shook the car down for Park and turned it back over prior to qualifying.
NOTE: As of 1:15 p.m., the top five in practice were: 1. Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 92.576 miles per hour; 2. Robby Gordon, Cingular Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 92.553; 3. No. 01 U.S. Army Pontiac Grand Prix, 92.543; 4. Kurt Busch, Ford, 92.533; 5. Kevin Harvick, 92.497. Interestingly, both Gordons, Said and Harvick are all native Californians.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
At the end of practice on Friday, GM cars swept the top five. Boris Said was fastest at 92.721 miles per hour, followed by Bobby Labonte, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon and Robby Gordon. Kevin Harvick wound up 7th, and 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart was 11th, giving GM cars seven of the top 11 spots headed into qualifying.