Talladega: Boris Said race report

MULTICAR ACCIDENT HALTS BORIS SAID'S STRONG PERFORMANCE TALLADEGA, Ala. (May 1, 2005) -- Boris Said was having a career day in a Nextel Cup oval race. But with 56 laps remaining in Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, Said saw a...

MULTICAR ACCIDENT HALTS BORIS SAID'S STRONG PERFORMANCE

TALLADEGA, Ala. (May 1, 2005) -- Boris Said was having a career day in a Nextel Cup oval race. But with 56 laps remaining in Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, Said saw a strong performance take a 180-degree turn when his No. 36 CENTRIX Financial Chevrolet was one of 25 cars involved in an accident on the high-speed track.

"Our car was running so good -- it's a shame where we finished (35th)," offered Said, who qualified 12th. "If we only could have stayed clean we would have had a great finish for MB/Sutton Motorsports. The incident happened so quickly -- I didn't see anything but smoke. And when I got into the smoke, my car became a ping pong ball."

Said drove his damaged Chevy to the team's pit box where the CENTRIX crew worked on the car after NASCAR lifted the red flag that lasted more than 40 minutes for track repair and clean up. Said did return to action, but a busted radiator ended his day on Lap 153 of 188.

When the 25-car melee occurred, Said was running in the top 15 and maneuvering the Team CENTRIX Chevy on the monster oval with the confidence of a NASCAR veteran.

"I felt real good out there," explained Said, who also had the CENTRIX car running in the top 10 at different points of the race. "I did make some mistakes early, but overall I really felt comfortable out there. This was my first Cup race at Talladega and it was fun. If you love to go fast, then this is the place you want to race at."

The globe-trotting Said will be in Germany this weekend to take part in the German 24 Hour race at the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife road course. His next Nextel Cup race will be the May 29th Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte.

-bm/sm-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Boris Said