Said At The Head

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SONOMA, Calif. - Road racing ace Boris Said surprised the field on Friday and drove the U.S. Army Pontiac to the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup Series Dodge/SaveMart 350 at Infineon Raceway.

The road racing ace, who was brought in for the weekend's race at the twisting Infineon Raceway circuit, bested the field of 47 cars to earn his first career Winston Cup pole with a track record lap of 93.620 mph.

"That was a good lap. This is big for the sponsor, but it's big for me too," explained Said. "It's huge. Every year, I come here, I overdrive the thing and I go off the road and wreck and spin out. Ryan Pemberton gave me a great car, and so did everybody at MB2. This Pontiac was fast. I'm tickled. I don't even care about the race right now. I'll worry about that on Sunday. My goal coming in was a top 10, and a top-five is like a victory for me. If I can get the pole and show up at Daytona in February, that'd be a great vacation for me in the winter!"

Said is pulling triple duty here this weekend. In addition to running the U.S. Army Pontiac in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 on Sunday, Said will pilot the No. 99 Federated Auto Parts/Valvoline Chevrolet in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series as well as take a turn with the Trans-Am Series on Saturday.

Robby Gordon will start the Cingular Wireless Chevrolet outside the front row. Another road racing expert Ron Fellows, piloting the DEI Pennzoil Chevy, qualified third followed by series point leader Matt Kenseth and last week's Michigan winner Kurt Busch.

Kevin Harvick, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, defending race winner Ricky Rudd and Tony Stewart completed the first ten qualifiers.

Sunday's Dodge/SaveMart 350 will take the green flag at 4 p.m. (ET).

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