Boris Said, the yearly road-coarse ringer (and Princeton grad), will be back in a Sprint Cup car this Sunday for the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen. He will be wheeling the Go-FAS Racing #32 Ford Fusion from the 34th starting position. He also raced the #32 Ford owned by Frank Stoddard at Sonoma earlier this year, coming home 35th.
His devoted fans, simply known as Said-heads, will certainly rejoice at the chance to see their man attempt to upset the Sprint Cup regulars in Sunday’s race.
But the numbers show chances at an upset victory are slim.
In fact, when one looks at Said’s stats at the Glen, his finishes show less-than-stellar performances. Now, let’s be fair; he often races for smaller teams that have no shot at beating the higher-funded race teams on a weekly basis. But we can only look at what he has put on the stat sheet and not predict what he could do if he stepped behind wheel of….let’s say, the #24 car.
So here are some of his road-course stats at the Glen:
Total Career Sprint Cup Starts at the Glen: 13
Total Laps Led: 9
-all of which came in his Sprint Cup debut at the track in 1999, a race in which he finishes 42nd after engine problems on lap 48.
Total Top 5s: 1
-his sole top five came way back in 2005 driving for Bub Sutton in the #36 Centrix Financial Chevy.
Total Top 10s: 2
-his only other top-10 finish, besides 2005, came in 2001 driving the #77 Jasper Engines Ford for Doug Bawel, finishing 8th.
Finishes of 30th or worse: 5
-42nd (1999), 39th (2003), 31st (2006), 34th (2009), 38th (2010)
Since 2008, Said has finished no better than 22nd at the Glen.
But I don’t want to spend all this time harping on the lackluster performance of Boris. After all, even if he doesn’t win, he always makes the racing a little more exciting, during and after the race. Who can forget his altercation with Greg Biffle after the 2011 race? Or his run-in with Smoke in 2010?
But maybe I’m just being pessimistic; maybe Said is due? Crazier things have happened in NASCAR (Trevor Bayne winning the 2011 Daytona 500). I think I will become a Said-head, if just for this weekend.