RAB Racing names Boris Said for Watkins Glen

BORIS SAID TO SUB FOR JOHN WES TOWNLEY AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL Concord, NC (7-20-09) -- RAB Racing announced today that road course specialist, Boris Said will pilot the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford Fusion in the upcoming Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen...

BORIS SAID TO SUB FOR JOHN WES TOWNLEY AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL

Concord, NC (7-20-09) -- RAB Racing announced today that road course specialist, Boris Said will pilot the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford Fusion in the upcoming Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International on August 8th.

Said, who has six NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at The Glen including one top-5, two top-10's and one pole to his credit will be making his debut for RAB Racing at the 2.45-mile road course filling in for rookie John Wes Townley.

"I'm really excited to drive a Ford for RAB Racing at Watkins Glen," stated Said. "I'm really fond of Zaxby's and I love their chicken! I've eaten enough of their new chicken parmesan sandwiches to feed a small army. But, when it comes down to it, I really like driving these cars on road courses and we will get some good things going at Watkins Glen."

Boris Said, who has been touted a perennial "road course ringer", has helped other notable drivers such as Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick.

John Wes Townley, a 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, has one start on a road course to his resume; finishing 18th in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Loud Energy Drink 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2008. The Watkinsville, GA native currently has three top-20 and seven top-25 finishes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and sits 25th in the driver point standings and 34th in the 2009 championship owner point standings; 271 points outside the top-30.

"I haven't raced on a road course since September of 2008," stated Townley. "Even then that was my first attempt at a road course and to be quite honest I struggled. At this stage in the game we are outside of the top-30 in points and required to qualify in the field on time and more than anything every point counts to get us out of this hole. I know that Boris will help this team not only excel at a solid qualifying effort he will also be very competitive all weekend, and therefore I am willing to step aside."

In preparation for the Zippo 200 RAB Racing will attend a test at Road Atlanta on Tuesday, July 21st with both Said and Townley. While at the 2.54-mile road course Said will help Townley with road course racing technique in a two-seater car.

"This test is not just about Boris testing the car for Watkins Glen. It is a learning experience for me as well," Townley said. "Boris is such a talented, accomplished and respected driver in the series but his road course racing resume speaks for itself."

Although Townley will not be behind the wheel of the Zaxby's Ford Fusion, the Watkinsville GA native will be in attendance during the August 8th race weekend at Watkins Glen International. The 19-year-old rookie will spend valuable time with Said at the track taking in everything and learning as much as he can.

Flag-to-flag coverage of the Zippo 200 at The Glen is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 Saturday August 8th. Practice for the event is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET and 5:30 p.m. ET on Friday, August 7th. Qualifying is slated for 10:10 a.m. ET on Saturday, August 8th.

Townley will be back behind the wheel of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford Fusion the following weekend at Michigan International Speedway for the Michigan 250 on August 15th.

-credit: rabr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Boris Said , Kevin Harvick , Kasey Kahne , Carl Edwards , John Wes Townley