For 12 years Boris Said has been trying to become a full time NASCAR driver. In all that time has run in only 41 Cup races, 22 Nationwide races, and 65 Camping World truck races. His irregular participation has been mostly due to lack of sponsorship, certainly not lack of talent.
As evidence of the respect the rest of the garage area has for Said?s abilities, for much of the time, he has been the go-to guy for teaching the finer points of road racing to many of NASCAR?s stars. Said?s road racing credentials are impeccable.
He began racing with the Sports Car Club of America in 1987 and was the SCCA Rookie-of-the-Year in 1988. He won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1997 and 1998, along with the 1998 12 Hours of Sebring. In 2005, he became the first American to win the 24 Hours of Nurburgring.
In 1997 and 1998, Boris ran the most NASCAR races of any season when he drove in the Craftsman Truck Series for Mark Simo Racing. In a total of 53 races he won once, at Sonoma, and had only 7 top ten finishes.
This past Sunday as Boris Said climbed out of his Robbie Benton owned Ford in Montreal?s victory lane, his first word was; ?Finally!?
In a race that had more crashing than racing, the finish came down to a green-white-checker sprint among three veteran road racers, each of whom was trying to win for the first time in the series. Jacques Villeneuve, Max Papis, and Said.
Papis lead the three into the last turn where he caught a little too much of the curb. This gave Said the opening he needed and the two raced side-by-side with Boris crossing under the checkered flag a mere .012 of a second in front of Papis for the smallest ever margin of victory in a nationwide series road race.
Local star and former Indy 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve came home in third, followed by Brad Keselowski, who has now extended his series lead to 365 points over Carl Edwards. (Edwards finished 20th after breaking a track bar mounting bracket) Paul Menard was fifth, while Joey Logano, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Parker Kligerman, Justin Allgaier and Trevor Bayne rounded out the top 10.
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