Texas: Boris Said race report

BORIS SAID FINISHES 27TH IN FIRST CUP RACE AT TEXAS FORT WORTH, Texas (April 17, 2005) -- In his maiden Nextel Cup race at the challenging Texas Motor Speedway, Boris Said finished 27th in the 43-car field. "It could have been and should have...

BORIS SAID FINISHES 27TH IN FIRST CUP RACE AT TEXAS

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 17, 2005) -- In his maiden Nextel Cup race at the challenging Texas Motor Speedway, Boris Said finished 27th in the 43-car field.

"It could have been and should have been better, but I made a mistake," commented Said, who started the race from the 40th position.

The colorful racer from Carlsbad, Calif. was referring to when he hit the outside wall before the 100-lap mark of the 334-lap event. The incident caused major damage to the right-front of Said's No. 36 CENTRIX Financial Chevrolet.

"For the first 50 laps I was taking it easy and getting a good feel for the track," offered Said, who competed in only his second Cup race of the season for MB/Sutton Motorsports. "Then I told myself it's time to get a little more aggressive. There were some handling issues with the car, but I made the mistake -- too aggressive -- and it cost us from having a top-20 finish."

The CENTRIX crew, led by veteran crew chief Frankie Stoddard, did a masterful job in not only band-aiding the heavy damage to the CENTRIX machine, but strategically managed the repair time on pit road to avoid losing more laps in the 500-mile race.

"For his first time on this track, Boris gave us a great effort," said Stoddard. "The CENTRIX team overcame adversity to finish today's race. That's a good sign for this new team. We're gaining and it's only going to get better."

After Said tagged the wall, he maneuvered the crippled car around the 1.5-mile oval and went on to equal his 27th-place Daytona 500 result.

"As I did in Daytona, I've learned so much and wish I could go right back out there and do it again," noted Said. "This is really a treat to be part of this MB/Sutton team and compete against the best drivers in the world."

Said's next Nextel Cup race will be in two weeks (May 1) at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Boris Said