Boris Said Caps Off NASCAR Career with Top-10 at Road Americaby Kyle Pokrefky August 30, 2015 0 comments
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — With a sixth-place finish for Joe Gibbs Racing in Saturday’s Road America 180, Boris Said’s career in NASCAR has drawn to a close.
Said, 52, entered his first NASCAR race weekend at Road America with high expectations for him amongst the pundits of the sport; after all, he was making his track debut in JGR’s No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota – a car that has won four times already this year with drivers Kyle Busch and Erik Jones.
Despite running solidly in the top-10 throughout a majority of the race, the former Grand-Am champion was unable to get a sniff of the lead at any point in the race.
Following his race, Said stated that he and his team were unable to quite hit on a winning setup for the race – and the lack of enough dry practice was a cause for that.
“We just didn’t get enough practice with that second practice being all rain,” Said remarked. “I was way too free. I needed to do one more long run in that practice but it was rain and I was just too loose from the get go, and we couldn’t get it tight enough. It was only good for about four-to-five laps and then it was just so loose.
“On that last run, we ran 22 laps but we ran a long time on the tires. I didn’t mark it up, we finished sixth – which is not too bad for the Monster Energy Toyota.
“In practice, I really thought we had the best car and I just missed it. If I was in it more and knew really the feel I needed I probably wouldn’t have let these guys down. If we had a bigger sway bar in it and more wedge in it, then we would have been really good.”
Following his statement on practice, Said confirmed that Saturday served as his final start in NASCAR. Entering the race weekend, there was speculation surrounding Said regarding whether or not the race would truly be the end of his NASCAR career.
“But, a cool way to end my career. Great car, great team. It was a blast still,” he said.
Said will officially wrap up his career with 144 starts across all three national series with a win in the Camping World Truck Series coming at Sonoma in 1998 and a win in the XFINITY Series at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2010.
When reflecting back on his NASCAR career, Said stated that he has absolutely no regrets over a career that dates back to 1995.
“I’ve raced for 30 years. I have no regrets in anything I’ve ever done in NASCAR,” he remarked. “I feel lucky to have been a part of it, and then to end it with a team like this…
“I was shocked when they called me the week before Christmas, I had to remind the guy ‘You know, I’m 52, just about 53, are you kidding me?’ I was shocked when they did it. It feels good to get in a competitive car. I was running pretty good with those kids and it’s disappointing not to be a little better because the team’s so good, but I still ran respectably and upfront all day with no marks on the car and got them so good points.”
While it may be the end of his NASCAR career, Said is not quite ready to hang up his racing suit just yet. He will continue to pursue partial schedules in sports car racing and will also maintain his involvement with two dealerships he owns with Rick Hendrick in California.
“I’m going to do some kind of sports car racing, just not full-time,” Said said. “I’m going to pick and choose some long races and have some fun with that. I’m going to worry about my car dealerships with Rick Hendrick – BMW of Murrieta and Volkswagen of Murrieta – and then hopefully look for some new opportunities with more franchises there.”
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