Texas: Boris Said preview

ANTSY BORIS SAID READY FOR TEXAS ACTION FORT WORTH, Texas (April 13, 2005) -- Boris Said, whose Nextel Cup schedule calls for 13 races in 2005, will make his second appearance of the season in this weekend's Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas ...

ANTSY BORIS SAID READY FOR TEXAS ACTION

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 13, 2005) -- Boris Said, whose Nextel Cup schedule calls for 13 races in 2005, will make his second appearance of the season in this weekend's Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Said's first race was the Daytona 500 season opener where he posted a 27th-place finish in his MB/Sutton Motorsports entry -- the No. 36 CENTRIX Financial Chevrolet.

"I'm a restless person and two months is way too long between races," offered Said. "It will be different from here on in. It's not easy sitting at home and watching the Cup races on television. I want to be in the mix and have some fun."

Since Daytona, Said has competed in a few non-Cup races. He had an impressive fifth-place finish in the Mexico City Busch race, won a Grand American sports car race in Fontana, Calif. and claimed the pole in the Trans-Am race in Long Beach, Calif.

"Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed those races, but Cup is where I want to be," noted Said.

The road-racing guru has competed in 14 NASCAR Cup races, including five on the oval circuits. His other nine races were at the road courses in Sonoma, Calif. and Watkins Glen, N.Y.

"I like the Texas track -- it's really fast," explained Said. "We tested there last month and did pretty good. But the way the qualifying structure is, it can cost you plenty of sleepless nights worrying about making the show on Sunday.

"There's not much margin of error for drivers who are not in the top 35. But we did it in Daytona and I am confident that we'll get the job done in Texas. Having Frankie as crew chief (Frank Stoddard) gives me a lot of confidence."

Said is also encouraged about doing well at Texas because that's where he posted his best finish ever on an oval -- a second place result in a 1997 Craftsman Truck race.

"I'm not sure what that means, but it's a good feeling knowing that I can perform on the Texas track," offered Said.

Aside from Daytona International Speedway where Said has competed in the Bud Shootout (2004) and at this year's Daytona 500, his other oval Cup races where at Homestead-Miami Speedway (1999 & 2004) and California Speedway (2004).

"The more I race on these ovals, the more confidence I have," explained Said. "Texas is going to be a challenge. But Team CENTRIX will be ready for it."

Said's next Nextel Cup race will be in two weeks at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Boris Said