HOMESTEAD, Fla. (April 1, 1998) Boris Said has some unfinished business to fulfill when he returns to the Miami-Dade Homestead Motor Sports Complex for Saturday's Florida Dodge Dealers 400. The driver of the Federated Auto...
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (April 1, 1998)
Boris Said has some unfinished business to fulfill when he returns to the Miami-Dade Homestead Motor Sports Complex for Saturday's Florida Dodge Dealers 400.
The driver of the Federated Auto Parts Ford owned by NASCAR Winston Cup Series star Ernie Irvan qualified second for last year's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, only to drop out with mechanical problems.
"I'm really looking forward to returning to Homestead," said the three-time Sports Car Club of America national champion. "Last year we qualified second, but unfortunately we lost the motor. I've been waiting to go back there ever since. It's like Christmas, I can't wait to get down there and go."
Said will join the NASCAR Craftsman Truck competitors in a 167-lap race on the reconfigured 1.5 mile oval at 1:30 p.m. EST on Saturday. Completing the weekend will be the Slim Jim All Pro Series, a NASCAR Touring Division, in a 50-lap sprint at noon on Saturday.
Gates open at 11 a.m. EST on Thursday, with an afternoon of practice for the teams that Said feels will be a vital session.
"I'm very anxious to see what the track's like now," Said explained. "The Dodge and Chevy guys tested there, so the Ford teams are the only ones who haven't seen the track, and that might put us at a little disadvantage. Thursday will be real important to the Fords. I think we will be a little behind, but we've got a real good team -- Federated Auto Parts -- and I think we will catch up and get a good setup for the race."
In his second full season driving for Irvan-Simo Racing, Said finished 16th in the 1997 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point race. His best finish was second at the new Texas Motor Speedway. He opened the current season with an 11th place finish at Walt Disney World Speedway.
Said has enjoyed success competing in Florida this year. He co-drove the GT3 category winning BMW M3 in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in February, and recently joined Bill Auberlen in winning class honors in the 12 Hours of Sebring. It was the second straight year for both triumphs.
Said plans to take time out during the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 for a different type of competition. Said and a few of his crewman will participate in the inaugural NASCAR/PBA Bowling Night on Thursday at the Homestead Bowling Center at 7:30 p.m. The tournament will benefit the American Cancer Society.
"Those guys are dust!" Said exclaimed. "We took time out at Sebring to visit the PBA national training center for a two-hour state-of-the-art private lesson, so we're ready to dust those guys. I haven't been bowling since I was a little kid, and it was a lot of fun."
Tickets for the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 are now on sale, with prices starting at $25. For additional information or credit card orders, call (305) 230-7223. Source: NASCAR Online