Four years ago, Boris Said was set to retire after what he deemed to be his final NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International. Since then, he has had a change of heart.
This weekend, Said, now 58 years old, will attempt to qualify MBM Motorsports’ No. 13 car for the inaugural Xfinity Series race at Circuit of The Americas, an event Said wasn’t expecting to compete in until a handful of days ago.
With the Xfinity Series having five of its next 11 races held on road courses, Said thinks it’s possible he returns at some point this season. As of now, he said there have been no further discussions.
“I’ve raced for 35 years and when you quit, you don’t want to give it up and you realize how much you miss it,” he said. “NASCAR is such an awesome sport. The feeling of driving a car on the edge is something that’s hard to replace. I know I’m 58 years old, so I should just get over it and say, ‘I’m just going to play shuffleboard and stuff,’ but I can’t let go. I don’t really know how to explain it other than I love the sport and it’s hard to give it up.
“In racing, you’re only as good as your last race, so first I have to get (the car) into the show and second I need to have a good run. If I get a good run and if it were Carl Long or somebody else, I would definitely think about it and chances are I would say yes.”
— NASCAR.com —