Boris Said, no. 01 U.S. Army Pontiac Grand Prix: NOTE: Said's first careern Winston Cup pole came in a track-record time of 76.522 seconds at 93.620 miles per hour, bettering Tony Stewart's mark of 93.476 set here last year. Said is the ...
Boris Said, no. 01 U.S. Army Pontiac Grand Prix:
NOTE: Said's first careern Winston Cup pole came in a track-record time of 76.522 seconds at 93.620 miles per hour, bettering Tony Stewart's mark of 93.476 set here last year. Said is the 1998 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series winner at Infineon Raceway. He placed 11th here in 2001.
YOU KNOW THIS TRACK PRETTY WELL. THINGS WORKED OUT WELL HERE TODAY.
"I have a great team. It's unfortunate for Jerry Nadeau, it's terrible the circumstances under which I have this ride. He almost won this race last year. But this team can race, the Hendrick engines were great and Ryan Pemberton, I've known for a long time and he knows how to make a car go fast. It's been a dream. Everything has gone really smooth. It's great for the Army. They're celebrating their 228th year in business, and that's really cool. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd win one of these poles. The regulars always come through at the end. It's completely different in the race, but if I can finish in the top 10 on Sunday, I'll be pretty happy."
WHERE ON THIS TRACK DO YOU HAVE TO BE THE MOST PATIENT?
"In the 11 corners, I think all 11. It's a tough track."
IS COMING TO A RACE HERE AND A RACE THERE A DISADVANTAGE TO YOU?
"The disadvantage is not being used to working with the team. In the past when I've come, the team is running a second car and they've just thrown together some guys. When you can do it with a top team with their normal guys that are in week-in and week-out, it makes it a lot easier. This team this weekend has made it real easy."
HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO DRIVE THREE CARS IN THREE RACES HERE THIS WEEKEND?
"Each car is like a different girl, with a different personality. You have to treat them a little different to get them to act nice to you. You know that getting into each car, you drive them completely different."
YOU SAID YOU'D BE HAPPY WITH A TOP-10 ON SUNDAY. DO YOU THINK YOU CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT?
"This is my seventh Cup race, and it takes a lot of experience to figure out how to make these cars good at the end of the race and keep them on the road. That was my goal coming in, to get a top-10. If I get a top-five, it'd be like a victory for me. It doesn't mean I'm not going to try to win the race. I try to win every race I'm in, but it's a lot to try to go out and beat guys like Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart."