BORIS SAID BRINGS HOME RAB RACING'S 1ST TOP-15 FINISH OF 2009; FINISHING 11TH AT THE GLEN Watkins Glen, NY (8-9-09) --Boris Said made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut for RAB Racing during Saturday afternoon's Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen ...
BORIS SAID BRINGS HOME RAB RACING'S 1ST TOP-15 FINISH OF 2009; FINISHING 11TH AT THE GLEN
Watkins Glen, NY (8-9-09) --Boris Said made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut for RAB Racing during Saturday afternoon's Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International. The road course racing specialist brought the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford Fusion home 11th; posting RAB Racing's first top-15 finish of 2009.
The solid effort was Said's fourth top-15 finish in seven NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at The Glen. Additionally, the Carlsbad, CA native closed the gap on 33rd in the 2009 championship owner point standings. The No. 09 entry currently sits 34th in points; just 159 points out of 33rd and 286 markers outside the top-30.
Said was part of group six in the five-car packs to take time during the European-style qualifying on Saturday morning; touring the 2.45-mile road course in 73.184 seconds (120.518 mph). The No. 09 Zaxby's Ford would post its best qualifying effort in 22 attempts; starting 9th in the 82-lap feature later that afternoon.
Starting on the inside of row five in the first of two road course events on the 2009 schedule, Boris put a fuel strategy to work before he even took the green flag. Crew chief Brad Parrott had decided before the race that the No. 09 machine would pit around laps 13 and 46 and that is exactly what they did.
On lap 14 Said was one of the first drivers to make the trip down pit road, bringing the yellow and blue Zaxby's machine in under green for gas only and would return to the racing surface 39th. Just one lap later the leaders began making their way down pit road.
When the second of six yellow flags were displayed on lap 35, Said was running just inside the top-20. Parrott opted to bring Said down pit road for 4 tires and an air pressure adjustment, the No. 09 machine would be scored 23rd when racing resumed on lap 37.
Said would gain one more position before the yellow flag would be displayed on lap 45 for a spin in the inner loop. Parrott would bring the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford down pit road inside their pit window for fuel only. Seven out of the top-10 drivers to leave pit road took four tires so when racing resumed on lap 47 the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford would restart 10th; gaining nine spots on pit road.
While the Zaxby's Ford would be good on fuel over the closing 35 laps, other teams were right outside their fuel windows. However, three caution flags for 10 laps would give the leaders the few extra laps they needed to finish the race.
Said would run competitively inside the top-15 over the final laps and be scored 12th on the final restart at lap 76. On the final lap of competition Said would gain two positions to finish 11th and Marcos Ambrose would go on to win his second consecutive race at Watkins Glen.
Next up for Boris Said and RAB Racing is the Napa Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada on Sunday, August 30th. Said has made two starts at the 2.71-mile road course bringing home one top-5 finish.
Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender, John Wes Townley will be back behind the wheel of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford Fusion next weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The 19-year-old rookie has one start at the 2-mile D-shaped oval starting 8th and finishing 13th in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Racing for Wildlife 200.