LATE RACE INCIDENT SPOILS TOP-10 RUN FOR BORIS SAID AND RAB RACING Montreal, Quebec (8-30-09) --Boris Said made his third career start at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday in the NAPA Auto Parts 200. The road course racing specialist, who was...
LATE RACE INCIDENT SPOILS TOP-10 RUN FOR BORIS SAID AND RAB RACING
Montreal, Quebec (8-30-09) --Boris Said made his third career start at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday in the NAPA Auto Parts 200. The road course racing specialist, who was making his second start for RAB Racing this year, raced competitively inside the top-10 for a majority of the 74-lap event but a late-race caution relegated the team to a 25th-place finish in the caution plagued 4 hour race.
The No. 09 entry remains 34th in the 2009 owner point standings with 1,601 points; just 46 markers behind 33rd and 407 points outside the top-30.
Said was part of NASCAR history when the 45 cars attempting to make the 43-car field took to the track on Saturday evening for NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying in the rain. Said was part of group seven to take time in the European style qualifying and would tour the 2.71-mile road course in 123.601 seconds (78.902 mph) placing the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford 4th on the speed charts and recording RAB Racing's first top-5 qualifying effort in 2009.
Unfortunately, the engine expired during Said's eight minute qualifying attempt and the No. 09 team would be forced to change engines Sunday morning, sending the Zaxby's machine to the rear of the field for the 200 mile event.
Starting 40th, Said wasted no time working his way to the front of the field and was sitting in the 13th position by lap 10 and up to 5th by lap 18 when the afternoon's third yellow flag was displayed for the No. 99 machine of Patrick Carpentier. Crew chief Brad Parrott brought the yellow and blue Zaxby's Ford down pit road for four Goodyear tires and fuel. Said would restart 21st on lap 20.
Just one lap later Said would be battling for a top-12 spot and was back inside the top-10, running 8th, when Parrott opted to bring the No. 09 machine down pit road under green for a scheduled stop on lap 43. Four tires, fuel and some body work were in order for the bruised Zaxby's Ford. Unfortunately, the Carlsbad, CA native would have to serve a pass-through penalty on lap 44 for the No. 09 pit crew rolling a tire during the pit stop.
This unfortunate event would cause the No. 09 machine to go a lap down to the leader until the field circled through with green flag pit stops. Said would be scored 23rd` on lap 47 and like the rocket man he had been all day was back up in the front of the field battling for a top-5 spot by lap 52.
With less than 15 laps to go in the 74 lap event rain would settle in over Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and NASCAR would throw the eighth yellow flag for weather on lap 60. Red flag conditions would remain for just over six minutes as teams brought their machines down pit road to bolt on four rain tires and make rain adjustments to their cars; adding rain-x and windshield wipers.
When racing resumed on lap 67, Said was scored in the 6th position and appeared to be headed for a top-5 finish, but contact from behind on lap 70 sent the No. 09 machine off the track and back to the 21st position. Another spin on lap 74 during the green-white-checker finish would relegate the Zaxby's Racing team to a 25th-place finish. Carl Edwards would go on to take the checkered flag in a last lap pass on Marcos Ambrose.
Next up for RAB Racing is the Degree V12 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Rookie, John Wes Townley will be back behind the wheel of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford Fusion as the Watkinsville, GA native makes his debut at his home track on Saturday, September 5th.