Said Places 10th in Qualifying Race DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2005) -- Boris Said had a respectable run in Thursday's Gatorade 150 qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway. The CENTRIX Financial driver finished 10th but where he ...
Said Places 10th in Qualifying Race
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2005) -- Boris Said had a respectable run in Thursday's Gatorade 150 qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway. The CENTRIX Financial driver finished 10th but where he will lineup for Sunday's Daytona 500 is not indicative of how well the MB/Sutton Motorsports team has performed during Speedweeks.
Because of the new and confusing qualifying system that guaranteed the top 35 teams an automatic entry in the 500, Said will start NASCAR's season opener 41st.
"I am a little confused about where we start, but that's okay -- no big deal," commented Said. "It's a long race and there's plenty of time to move forward."
Said, who was assured of a spot in the Daytona 500 after recording the 11th fastest speed on Pole Day, was more interested in talking about his performance in Thursday's race.
"I feel like I belonged out there - I didn't make any enemies and didn't wreck anybody," offered Said. "It was the first time in those conditions - the car was better than where I finished. Once in a while I got into a suspect situation and when that happened I took the cautious route and went backwards.
"I went into the race thinking it was a practice session - I needed to learn. But this wasn't anything like practice - the guys were a lot nuttier in a race. It was a blast and the car is in one piece. The team did a great job and I think I met every expectation and earned respect. Finishing 10th here is like finishing 20th on Sunday and that's my goal to be in the top 20."
In Said's only other superspeedway race -- the 2004 Bud Shootout at Daytona -- he also posted a 10th place finish.