Spencers Debut As Owner Features Said Behind Wheel

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Jimmy Spencer goes to Sears Point Raceway this weekend not only as the driver of the No.26 Big K-Mart Ford Taurus, but also as a NASCAR Winston Cup car owner.

Spencer has entered his No.23 Ford for road-racing ace Boris Said in the Save Mart Kragen 350K NASCAR Winston Cup race on June 25. The car was built at Spencer's Busch Series operation in Mooresville, N.C., where the Busch Series cars for Dick Trickle, Boris Said and Spencer are built. Spencer Motor Ventures also built a NASCAR Craftsman Truck that was driven by Boris Said at the Portland International Raceway earlier this year.

Said began his NASCAR career in 1995 in the Craftsman Truck Series. He has had 64 starts in the Truck Series and scored his only win at the road-course in Sears Point. Said went to Watkins Glen in 1998 and put Spencer's No.12 Busch Series car on the pole, and he came back later that year to The Glen and qualified Spencer's No.23 Winston Cup car fifth on the starting grid. In 1999, Said continued his Bud Pole attack by qualifying his No.14 Winston Cup car second at Watkins Glen.
Said has won five Bud Poles in his NASCAR career, all on road-courses. In other road-racing series, Said has won one IMSA and three SCCA championships.

"Obviously, I'm really excited about this weekend," Said said. "Jimmy Spencer and my crew chief Richard Broome have built me a good race car, and I love that Robert Yates' motor under the hood. Last year at Sears Point, I was fastest in practice and ended up losing a motor and a transmission, and I never even had a chance to qualify. This year, I feel good that I have the equipment to make the race and come out of there with a good finish for Federated Auto Parts."

"I've been a car owner in the Busch Series now for about five years and have over 80 races under my belt as an owner," Spencer said. "But this weekend is pretty special, because it's Winston Cup and now I'm playing with the big boys. The exciting part about this weekend is knowing that Boris Said has the talent to win the pole and the ability to keep the car up front and to be in a position to win this race. What a way to make your debut as car owner."

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