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Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, June 20 2009
Boris Said has the fans and at Infineon Sunday, he will have the pit crew.

Boris Said has the fans and at Infineon Sunday, he will have the pit crew.

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

The Wood Brothers Racing team won’t have a car in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Infineon Raceway, but they will have a crew.

The team has lent its over-the-wall gang to Boris Said, who will start ninth in the race driving the Ford Fusion of No Fear Racing.

“We spoke a few weeks ago and Boris mentioned he was going to run Sonoma and didn’t have a pit crew,” Eddie Wood, co-owner of the Wood Brothers team, said, “so since that race wasn’t on our schedule and we had no intentions of going, we offered up our guys.

“Boris Said helped us out at Watkins Glen a couple of years ago and has done a lot to help our road racing program overall, and he’s just a friend.  In fact, we’re trying to find some money to take Boris to Watkins Glen in one of our cars.  We haven’t been successful so far, but we’re trying because there aren’t many better on a road course than him.

“Really, it’s just a case of friends take care of friends.  He needs something and I’m glad we’re the ones who can be able to help him out.  I’m sure he would do the same for us.”

Said, driver of the No. 08 Fusion, was the highest-qualifying Ford at Infineon on Friday.

He is still looking for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win and hopes to achieve that tomorrow with the help of the Wood Brothers pit crew. 

“I hope so,” Said, um, said when asked if Sunday could be his day to get that first victory. “It’s just that for a part-time guy it’s hard because, one, I haven’t driven one of these cars since February in the Twin 150’s.  These guys are the best in the world at what they do and they’re in these cars week-in and week-out, and we throw some guys together and show up every three or four months, so it’s just tough.  That’s a bigger uphill battle.

“We’ve been really close a lot of times and I’m not giving up.  That’s my goal is to someday win one of these things.”

Ford Racing brokered the deal as it spoke with Said and got Wood Brothers Wood on the telephone Friday morning at his home to talk about their arrangement.

– Jim Pedley can be reached at jpedley@racintoday.com

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, June 20 2009
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