BUSCH: Said grabs the south of the border pole

Boris Said grabbed his second career Busch pole at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodruguez road course in Mexico City. Driving the Ray Evernham-owned No. 9 Dodge, he clipped off a lap of 102.665 mph to secure the top position. "I am really proud that...

Boris Said grabbed his second career Busch pole at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodruguez road course in Mexico City. Driving the Ray Evernham-owned No. 9 Dodge, he clipped off a lap of 102.665 mph to secure the top position.

"I am really proud that Ray Evernham called me to drive this car, commented Said. "It is a great event and I am pretty happy."

Said competed in last year's inaugural Mexico City race, starting fourth and finishing fifth. "I get to drive this cool car in Mexico and secondly I've been working on testing his (Evernham) cars for road racing and working with his drivers."

"I'll probably go down the line with all of them," continued the road racing ace driver. "In the past I've never thought of myself as a teacher because I barely got through school. I've been pretty good to relating to these NASCAR guys how I drive a road course and some of them, like Dale Jr., it's really helped. I'm glad to be part of his team. I hope maybe I can make the difference in Kasey making The Chase and not making The Chase.

"If he had done a little better on the two road courses last year he probably would have made it. That's my goal, to help him as much as I can and maybe win a couple of these Busch road races. That would be a big career booster for me."

Denny Hamlin will share the front row with Said, "You've got to try to play it safe. You've got a lot of guys out there who turn a fast lap, but in every corner they're locking up their tires. That's not going to last in the race," he said. "You're going to have to back it down just a little bit and run a steady pace. We know that.

"You run as hard as you can in practice to see what the car is going to do but in the race, you always step it down one notch to protect your car for later on. With that in mind, we're ready to go," added Hamlin. "Our car is in good shape. The transmission is shifting good. We've got a good Chevy."

Johnny Sauter slotted third fastest in today's NASCAR Busch Series qualifying.

Two of the top five are local heros in their home town race: Adrian Fernandez and Jorge Goeters. Fernandez is pulling double-duty this weekend, the team owner and co-driver in the Grand Am Rolex Series with Mario Mario Haberfeld will start this afternoon's Mexico City 250 from fourth on the grid, the same position he garnered for Sunday's Busch series race.

Goeters ran his first NBS race at his home track last year, he gave the fans alot to cheer about when he too his first career pole on March 5, 2005. A blown engine dashed his hopes early on in last year's inaugural NASCAR race.

The 80-lap road-course event kicks off Sunday in the Busch series second visit to Mexico City.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Mario Haberfeld , Boris Said , Johnny Sauter , Ray Evernham , Denny Hamlin , Jorge Goeters