Watkins Glen: Boris Said race report

Solid run suddenly turns bad for Boris Said. WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 10, 2003) 0x2022 Boris Said does not like to play the "what could have been" game, but he found himself doing just that after Sunday's Sirius at The Glen here at Watkins ...

Solid run suddenly turns bad for Boris Said.

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 10, 2003) 0x2022 Boris Said does not like to play the "what could have been" game, but he found himself doing just that after Sunday's Sirius at The Glen here at Watkins Glen International.

The driver of the No. 01 USG Sheetrock Brand Pontiac watched a shot at victory evaporate midway through the 90-lap event due to an incident, forcing a 39th-place finish in the process.

"What a real shame," related Said. "We had such a fast car. This was the first time I felt I had a legitimate shot at winning a Winston Cup race. But, I guess some others had different ideas."

Said, who qualified 10th but started in the back of the field due to a race day engine change, charged through the field early and found himself in 10th-place by the 45-lap mark. However, coming off a restart, eventual winner, Robby Gordon, got into the back of Said's car sending him into the guard rail. With serious front end suspension damage, Said's day was basically over.

"We had the fastest car out there up to that point," the Carlsbad, Calif. resident added. "I guess it's just one of those deals. It's unfortunate for the entire MB2 Motorsports team. They worked so hard in the morning to get a new engine in and we were moving up fast. I truly believe we would have been tough to beat. But, we'll never know that for sure."

The Watkins Glen race was the second outing for Said with the MB2 Motorsports team. At Sonoma, in June, he pocketed a sixth-place finish.

"This is a real good race team," offered Said. "I really appreciate them giving me the opportunity to fill in for Jerry Nadeau. I hope, down the road, we can work together once again."

The NASCAR Winston Cup Series now moves to Michigan International Speedway next weekend for the Michigan 400 with Mike Skinner set for a return to the No. 01 U.S. Army Pontiac.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mike Skinner , Boris Said , Robby Gordon , Jerry Nadeau