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Said edges Papis in Photo finish in Montreal

NASCAR Nationwide Series
Sunday, August 29, 2010

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Boris Said celebrates his first NASCAR Nationwide Series win in 22 races
Jason Smith/Getty Images
At long last, road-course ace Boris Said is a winner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Said won Sunday’s NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve when—with the two strongest cars out of contention—the always unpredictable event ended with Said beating Max Papis in a drag race to the finish line.

After leader Robby Gordon ran out of gas on a green-white-checkered-flag finish that sent the race three laps past its scheduled distance of 74 laps, Said lost the lead to Papis at the entrance to the final two corners. But Papis’ momentum sent him wide in Turn 14, and Said drew alongside at the top of the final straightaway.

Papis lost a fraction of a second when he hit the rev limiter in second gear but still had enough to race side by side with Said all the way to the finish line.

Said’s .012-second margin of victory was the closest ever on a road course in the Nationwide Series, the fifth closest overall in series history and the closest since 1998 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  The victory was more than just a first for Said, 47. It was the first Nationwide win for car owner Robby Benton and the first for the new pairing of Said and crew chief Scott Zipadelli.

“I don’t think we had the fastest car today,” Said admitted, “but we definitely had the smartest race strategy with Scott Zipadelli as the crew chief—the first time I ever worked with him. We had great communication, he called a great race, and it was really about managing the racetrack, managing your brakes.

“I’m shocked … overwhelmed. I thought I was going to cry, but I didn’t. My wife would have made fun of me. But I was pretty happy.”

Local hero Jacques Villeneuve finished third, followed by Brad Keselowski, who extended his series lead to 365 points over hard-luck 20th-place finisher Carl Edwards. Paul Menard ran fifth, with Joey Logano, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Parker Kligerman, Justin Allgaier and Trevor Bayne completing the top 10.

The race that gave polesitter Marcos Ambrose another heartbreak (he retired with an electrical problem after leading 25 laps) turned on a bad break—literally—for defending winner Edwards, who led a race-high 29 laps before breaking the track bar on his No. 60 Ford as caution flew with eight laps left in regulation.

Edwards held a lead of almost three seconds over Gordon when Michael Annett slid into the Turn 4 wall to cause the fifth caution of the race, ending a green-flag run of 42 laps.

Two more late cautions forced overtime and prolonged the race enough to empty Gordon’s fuel tank. Gordon led the field to the green flag for a restart on Lap 76 but coasted to a stop before completing the circuit. He finished 14th.

But it was the drag race to the finish between Said and Papis that had the more than 70,000 fans on their feet.

“I was ahead, I was behind, I was ahead,” said Papis, who was driving Kevin Harvick’s No. 33 Chevrolet. “At the end of the day, this was an amazing race. I had a blast. It came down to a green-white-checker, and the thing I’m the most proud of … this is maybe the first time I’ve had the chance to really sit in a car that legitimately can win, and it came down to the last corner.

“For me, I’m really proud. I know it’s a second-place finish, but it’s equal to one of my best wins.”

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 5 09 Boris Said Ford RAB Racing 190/5 77 Running
2 9 33 Max Papis Chevrolet Rheem 175/5 77 Running
3 2 32 Jacques Villeneuve Toyota Dollar General 170/5 77 Running
4 8 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Discount Tire / Ruby Tuesday 165/5 77 Running
5 7 98 Paul Menard Ford Colonial Elegance / Menards 155/0 77 Running
6 3 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 150/0 77 Running
7 17 7 J.R. Fitzpatrick Chevrolet Schick Hydro 146/0 77 Running
8 21 26 Parker Kligerman Dodge K-Automotive Motorsports 142/0 77 Running
9 24 12 Justin Allgaier Dodge Verizon Wireless 138/0 77 Running
10 20 99 Trevor Bayne Toyota Out! Pet Care 134/0 77 Running
11 30 24 D.J. Kennington Ford Del Monte 130/0 77 Running
12 10 18 Brad Coleman Toyota SafeWay Driving Centers 127/0 77 Running
13 40 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Jay Robinson Inc. 124/0 77 Running
14 16 207 Robby Gordon Toyota Mapei / Menards 126/5 75 Running
15 37 40 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Happy 75th Birthday "Mom" Key 118/0 75 Running
16 35 05 Victor Gonzalez Jr. Chevrolet 31-W Insulation 115/0 75 Running
17 33 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet G&K Services 112/0 75 Running
18 39 182 Tomy Drissi Dodge "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" 109/0 75 Running
19 41 70 Mark Green Chevrolet ML Motorsports 106/0 75 Running
20 4 60 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 113/10 73 Running
21 6 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 100/0 72 Running
22 14 16 Colin Braun * Ford 3M 97/0 68 In Pit
23 29 10 Tayler Malsam Toyota Iron Horse Jeans 94/0 67 Running
24 23 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. * Ford CitiFinancial 91/0 67 Running
25 36 15 Michael Annett Toyota Flying J Travel Plaza 88/0 64 In Pit
26 22 23 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet Media Master 85/0 64 Running
27 19 62 Brendan Gaughan Toyota South Point Hotel & Casino 82/0 62 In Pit
28 27 197 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet HostGator.com 79/0 57 Out of Race
29 31 87 Paulie Harraka Chevrolet Exide Batteries 76/0 55 Running
30 15 88 Ron Fellows Chevrolet Canadian Tire 73/0 53 Running
31 34 159 Kyle Kelley Chevrolet UPR.com / Apex / A1 Certified Solar 70/0 51 Running
32 13 100 Patrick Carpentier Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 67/0 50 In Pit
33 1 147 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Giant Tiger / Glad with Febreeze 69/5 50 Out of Race
34 32 34 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 61/0 46 In Pit
35 42 21 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Victory In Jesus 58/0 45 In Pit
36 25 35 Tony Ave Chevrolet TriStar Motorsports 60/5 37 Out of Race
37 12 81 Michael McDowell Ford K-Love 52/0 34 Out of Race
38 18 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 5-Hour Energy 49/0 20 Out of Race
39 11 27 Andrew Ranger Dodge Quebec Dodge Dealer Association 46/0 13 Out of Race
40 26 11 Brian Scott * Toyota AccuDoc Solutions 43/0 8 In Pit
41 38 89 Brett Rowe Chevrolet Victory In Jesus 40/0 3 In Pit
42 43 136 Jeff Green Chevrolet Long John Silver's 37/0 1 In Pit
43 28 43 Justin Marks Ford Future Electronics 34/0 0 Running

* Denotes Rookie

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