Fontana II: Boris Said race report

Mission Accomplished For Boris Said FONTANA, Calif. (Sept. 5, 2004) -- Entering his third career NASCAR Cup race on an oval surface, Boris Said had three objectives. The first was to qualify for the Pop Secret 500 at California Speedway. The ...

Mission Accomplished For Boris Said

FONTANA, Calif. (Sept. 5, 2004) -- Entering his third career NASCAR Cup race on an oval surface, Boris Said had three objectives. The first was to qualify for the Pop Secret 500 at California Speedway. The second was to keep all of the fenders on the car. And the third was to finish 30th or better.

The free-spirited driver from nearby Carlsbad, Calif., accomplished all three of his goals as he took the checkered flag Sunday with a 30th-place result in his No. 36 CENTRIX Financial Chevrolet operated by MB2 Motorsports.

"I was realistic coming into this event," commented Said, who is known as one of the best road racers in the world. "This isn't easy, but I knew I had it in me to compete against the best drivers on an oval track and not look like a fool. I was cautious at first, but as the race wore on, I was feeling more and more confident. When I crossed the finish line, I felt I improved one-thousand percent from the time I jumped into the CENTRIX Financial Chevrolet for Friday's first practice session.

"I really want to extend a sincere thank you to CENTRIX Financial for the sponsorship and all of the folks at MB2 Motorsports for their support. The MB2 crew was great to work with and I really appreciate all of their hard work."

Ryan Pemberton, MB2 Motorsports crew chief, felt Said handled the pressure and drove a smart race.

"To come in here and to do what he did says a lot about his talent," said Pemberton. "He was psyched about this race and put plenty of pressure on himself. It was like asking a top Hollywood actor to go through casting again. He accomplished what he set out to do and I felt he found the right balance of being competitive and finishing the race. I also applaud Boris' MB2 crew for an outstanding job."

As Said was leaving the track, his final words were, "I had a blast and I can't wait to do it again. This is where I want to be."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Boris Said