Although rain eliminated Boris Said's chance to qualify his No. 60 No Fear Ford on Friday at Watkins Glen International, he will race in Sunday's Centurion Boats at The Glen after taking over the No. 21 Ford for Bill Elliott.
The renowned road-course expert was set to miss Sunday's race until early Saturday, when he bumped into Elliott who suggested he race the No. 21 Wood Brothers/JTG Racing Ford on race day.
Although outside the top-35 in owner’s points, the No. 21 Ford qualified for the race since Elliott is a past champion and all past champions on the entry list qualify for the race when rain cancels qualifying.
All teams inside the top-35 in the owner’s championship are guaranteed a starting position.
However, should Said have a good points day on Sunday, he could help put the No. 21 inside the top-35 as they are 26 points behind the No. 22 Bill Davis Racing team and their driver Dave Blaney. Because the team is so close to the top-35 threshold, Elliott decided to sit out and allow Said to compete this weekend.
"Bill came to me and said that in the best interests of the team, let's put Boris in," said team co-owner Len Wood. "We first cleared it with sponsors and then went to NASCAR and cleared it with them."
For a driver bitterly frustrated on Friday, Said was anything but after the decision.
"For Bill Elliott to just step aside like that is amazing," Said commented. "In my 44 years of living, no one's ever done anything like this for me."
Said will begin tomorrow’s 90 lap race from the rear of the field Due to the driver change.