All Said is Saying....is See the Checkered Flag DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 1, 2008) -- Boris Said's main objective in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway is not to seek a win, a top five, a top 10 or even a...
All Said is Saying....is See the Checkered Flag
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 1, 2008) -- Boris Said's main objective in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway is not to seek a win, a top five, a top 10 or even a top 20.
"My first goal is to see the checkered flag," offered Said, a part-time Cup racer, who will drive the No. 60 No Fear Energy/Advance Auto Parts Ford Fusion.
It might not be a lofty goal, but then again, the unlucky Said has yet to be in position in 2008 to see the flag that signals the end of a race.
"I've entered five races this season and due to a number of different misfortunes, I have not finished any of them," noted Said. "It would make me happy to see the checkered flag wave at me in Daytona."
The aberration season for the free-spirited Said began with an engine failure at the 24 Hours of Daytona and then missing the Daytona 500 race two weeks later by a couple tenths of a second.
Said's season of misfortunes continued by getting wrecked while running in the top 10 in the Mexico City Nationwide race, an engine failure at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in Germany and a brake malfunction two weeks ago at the Cup road race in Sonoma, Calif.
"Yes, so far it's been the worst year of my career, but there was a silver lining in Sonoma," explained Said. "We didn't have anything go wrong in qualifying at Sonoma and for a go-or-go-home team like ours, that's 50 percent of the battle."
And no one in recent times has experienced the range of qualifying emotions at the Daytona summer race as Said.
"The last three summers at Daytona I've gone from the penthouse to the outhouse," noted Said.
Said qualified fourth at Daytona in the summer of 2005 and the following year he captured the pole. Last year, as a go-or-go-homer, he was again the fastest qualifier, but late in the session a thunderstorm rolled in, forcing NASCAR to cancel qualifying. Said went from a potential pole winner to not qualifying.
"My only fear for this weekend is rain," noted Said, whose best race finish at Daytona wasninth in 2006. "I am confident that our No Fear Energy/Advance Auto Parts Ford will be fast. We have a great team, led by our crew chief Frankie Stoddard."