Watkins Glen: Boris Said race report

Said Hoping Performance Will Earn Hat From The King WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 10, 2008) -- Though he took a conservative approach, Boris Said is hoping that his 24th-place finish will earn him an autograph hat from Richard "The King"...

Said Hoping Performance Will Earn Hat From The King

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 10, 2008) -- Though he took a conservative approach, Boris Said is hoping that his 24th-place finish will earn him an autograph hat from Richard "The King" Petty.

Said drove the No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Dodge Charger for Petty Enterprises in Sunday's Sprint Cup road race at Watkins Glen International. After failing to make the race in his own 7-Eleven Slurpee/No Fear Energy Ford due to qualifying being canceled Friday because of rain, Said accepted Kyle Petty's offer to drive the No. 45 entry.

"I was hoping for a top-10 or top-15 finish so I would get an autographed hat from the King," noted Said. "But maybe since there are no marks on the car he still might give me one. I sure hope so. It was an honor to drive for the Pettys."

Said, who is known for his aggressive style of racing on road courses, was more cautious than usual in his first-ever ride for Petty Enterprises.

"It's tough getting into someone else's car -- it's a little uncomfortable without any real practice," offered Said. "You just don't drive it like you drive your own car. At least I didn't -- I was about half the Boris today. I just drove a conservative race and brought them home a consistent finish with some points. If it were my car I would have definitely been more aggressive. Overall, it was a fun day -- not a mark on the car."

Said was also pleased that he drove an error-free race after what transpired for him during Saturday's Nationwide event at the Glen.

"Yesterday in the Nationwide race I did nothing but make mistakes," explained Said. "Today I was better and more conservative."

Said's next scheduled event with his No Fear Racing team will be Oct. 5 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

-credit: bsr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kyle Petty , Boris Said