Said Pulls Pole Shocker

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Boris Said pulled off a big qualifying upset Friday afternoon as he topped the field to win the pole for Saturday night's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Said's speed of 186.143 mph bested the 48 car field.

The road racing ace piloted a former Roush Racing Ford that Greg Biffle drove in February's Bud Shootout.

It was Said's second NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole after winning the top spot at Sonoma for the MB2 team in 2003.

Said will line-up next to Tony Stewart, the defending Pepsi 400 winner who turned the second fastest lap of the session. The duo was involved in at least two on-track skirmishes at Infineon Raceway last weekend and will be reuinited on the front row Saturday night.

"Maybe we'll start bumping each other on the pace lap," Said laughed about the ironic starting line-up.

"We're good, we made up. I don't mind a little beating and banging in racing."

Stewart seemed over last week's incidents as well.

"He came over and told me good job for last night (IROC race win) and congratulations on being second in qualifying," Stewart said. "He put down a really good lap. I'm really happy for him."

David Stremme, Jeff Gordon and Joe Nemechek rounded out the Top 5.

Denny Hamlin, Dale Jarrett, Martin Truex, Jr, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth completed the first ten qualifiers.

Five cars failed to qualify for Saturday's race: Scott Wimmer, Kevin Lepage, Kenny Wallace, Chad Blount and Kertis Davis.

Saturday night's Pepsi 400 will take the green flag at 7:55 p.m. (ET).


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