BUSCH: Charlotte II: Boris Said preview

SAID UPBEAT, READY FOR A REVERSAL AT LOWE'S CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 12, 2005) -- Boris Said felt his performance last week at Kansas was one of his best on a non-restrictor plate oval. The road-racing guru, who is attacking more ovals this year as a...

SAID UPBEAT, READY FOR A REVERSAL AT LOWE'S

CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 12, 2005) -- Boris Said felt his performance last week at Kansas was one of his best on a non-restrictor plate oval. The road-racing guru, who is attacking more ovals this year as a part-time Nextel Cup racer, is looking to take the Kansas experience and have a reversal of fortuneat Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend.

Back in May for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's, Said failed to qualify.

"That was the only race I didn't make the show this year," offered Said, driver of the No. 36 CENTRIX Financial Chevrolet. "I feel confident about making the field at Lowe's this time around. We had a good test there a few weeks ago andfeel we're coming off a solid weekend in Kansas. But being outside of the top 35 in points and not having an automatic berth into the race plays on your mind. It's nerve-racking."

Said felt it was a lack of track time at Lowe's that hurt his chances of qualifying for the Memorial Day weekend race.

"Lowe's is not a typical 1.5-mile track," explained Said. "Since wegot rained out there in testing in May that really put us way behind. But this time, we're ready. The test we recently conductedwent well. The only glitch was that I scraped the wallon the first lap. But that was minor compared to the testing crashes by somehigh-profiled Chase teams."

This weekend's UAW-GM Quality 500 will be Said's 11th Nextel Cup race of the season. He is scheduled to compete in one more event -- Oct. 30 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

"I am pleased with how the season has unfolded to date," noted Said. "At the beginning of the year my goal was to learn at each race and not crash a bunch of cars. So far I think I am on target."

Said is always quick to point out the excellent support cast he has with the CENTRIX Financial crew, led by crew chief Frank Stoddard.

"I am surrounded by great people and that has made a hugedifference," offered Said. "The crew guys are top shelf and Frankie (Stoddard) is an outstanding team leader. He has plenty of experience with 14 career Cup wins and so whatever he tells me I am going to listen. I would be a fool not to."

Said's best finish of 2005 was third in August at the Watkins Glen road course. His best qualifying on an oval was fourth at the Daytona race in July. His best oval finish was 27th -- at the Daytona 500 and at Texas.

"Had I not spun out last week in Kansas, we probably would have had a top-20 finish," explained Said. "We're getting better and my hope before our part-time season ends is to have a finish on an oval in the top 20."

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