Boris Said doesn’t know the meaning of the word quit. As he proved this past weekend while competing in Montreal. After stepping out of the Marsh Racing Rolex Grand-Am Series #31 Corvette after qualifying on pole Friday, and finishing 9th in class Saturday, he jumped into the RAB Racing #9 Ford Fusion sponsored by Zaxby’s Real Chicken, and qualified the team for the 5th starting position just behind Carl Edwards for Sundays NASCAR Nationwide Napa 200 Race.
The race began with pole sitter Marcus Ambrose dominating the field but was forced onto pit road for an extended amount of time to replace a faulty battery. Carl Edwards would take over the lead but broke a track bar during a caution lap and had to make an unscheduled pit stop giving up the lead position. Right at the drop of the next green flag, there was an immediate yellow leaving the top 4 drivers making a mad dash to the start/finish line for position, running nearly four wide creating a fight for the lead between Robby Gordon, Max Papis, Brad Keselowski, and Boris Said. After the chaos the top 5 would look like this Robby Gordon, Boris Said, Max Papis, Jacques Villeneuve, and Brad Keselowski. After just one lap of being under green another caution came out and ultimately a red flag would come out stopping the race for 13 minutes. Unfortunately for Robby Gordon he ran out of fuel after the re-start as the drivers were looking at a green white checkered situation.
Once the drivers got rolling and Robby Gordon dropped back, and it was a three car battle for the lead with Max Papis, Boris Said and Jacques Villeneuve. Boris would pass Max and hold him off for half a lap when Jacques started to make a run on the runner up position. Max would use a cross-over method to take back the second spot from Villeneuve and take a run at Boris ultimately getting underneath Boris to take the lead with just one lap to go.
Boris using his long time road racing skills saw an opening on the last corner before the final straight and got back under neath Papis and it was literally a drag race down the front straight for both drivers. Boris would literally inch by Papis in one of the closest NASCAR Nationwide races to date, to come out on top to win the NASCAR Nationwide Napa 200 in Montreal on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Everyone at K1 would like to congratulate Boris on his amazing driving feat as this is his first win this year.
You can keep up with RAB Racing and where Boris will be racing next on their website