Boris Said leads flag to flag in Sonoma

In his second race of this season, Boris Said claimed his first win of the season with Tommy Kendall finishing second and Randy Ruhlman in his best finish of the season coming home in third place. Ross Murray and Joey Scarallo rounded out the top...

In his second race of this season, Boris Said claimed his first win of the season with Tommy Kendall finishing second and Randy Ruhlman in his best finish of the season coming home in third place. Ross Murray and Joey Scarallo rounded out the top five.

For the third race of the season, Boris Said in his Ford Mustang started on the pole today with his second pole of the weekend. He just got finished doing the NASCAR Nextel Cup race not 30 minutes before. Tommy Kendall and Tommy Drissi in their Jaguars stared second and third followed by Greg Pickett and Randy Ruhlman rounding out the top five. Paul Gentilozzi was not seen racing this weekend because he decided only to run a few of the races this season.

The green flag waved with Said leading them through the first lap in the same order by 0.322 seconds. The two Jaguars of Kendall and Drissi follow closely behind Said. Everyone pretty much stayed in order as the start of the fourth lap. The teammates of John Baucom and Joey Scarallo ran in eighth and ninth place overall as the fifth lap started. Before the race, Said took on I.V. fluids after he got out of his Cup car so that he would be able to make this race and be somewhat healthy. Said had started to open his gap by 1.23 seconds over Kendall as the sixth lap began. By the start of the ninth lap, Said had opened it up to 2.261 seconds over Kendall. Drissi started to put the pressure on Kendall as they crossed the start/finish line. With 10 laps down of the 52 lap event, Said had lead every lap of the event so far, but his lead was shrinking slowly

As lap 14 started, Said seemed to be playing with Kendall and Drissi as he would slow down a little bit and then boost back up ahead of them by a fair margin. Jorge Diaz has been right about where he started the race in sixth place. At the start of the 19th lap, Drissi's Alien vs. Predator Jaguar had started to smoke and brought out the yellow flag for the first time of the afternoon. Drissi brought his car into the pits. It seemed terminal as he became two laps down. The green flag waved once again as Said pulled out within the first corner going uphill. By the end of that lap, he pulled out to a 1.1 second gap over Kendall. Jorge Diaz moved up to fourth position 7.3 seconds behind Said overall from his sixth place start. With 24 laps to go, Said pulled out once again to a 2.1 second lead over Kendall and Ruhlman. Said continued to lead with 20 laps to go, Said continued to play with Kendall and Ruhlman boosting his lead by 3.200 seconds over the both of them.

Brandon Davis had caused the second yellow flag with 16 laps to go. The attrition rate has been small with only three cars officially out of it with Max Lagod, Drissi and Moneca Kolyvn. For the first time this year, a white flag with a red stripe through the middle of it was used on the course. The green flag waved once again with 12 laps to go. Kendall started to put the pressure on Said just a little bit. With 10 laps to go, Kendall had started to pull away from Ruhlman by 2.8 seconds and was now only 0.91 seconds behind Said. Diaz moved down one spot to fifth just 1.4 seconds behind Scarallo. Baucom moved into sixth place now. Kendall now moved within striking distance of Said with 0.82 seconds behind him with seven laps to go, but on the very next lap, he pulled out a gap of 1.69 seconds. Said had seemed to own the track today as he received the checkered flag just 0.897 seconds behind Kendall.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Paul Gentilozzi , Ross Murray , Randy Ruhlman , Tom Kendall , Max Lagod , John Baucom , Brandon Davis , Jorge Diaz