August 15, 2011
Boris Said is a road-course ringer, a curly-haired freelancer hired for the express purpose of running at tracks with right turns. But despite that, or perhaps because of it, he doesn't conduct postrace interviews in your usual thank-the-sponsor, thank-the-boys-at-the-shop fashion. And we're all the luckier for it.
Monday at Watkins Glen, Said and Greg Biffle battled on-track and later had words in the garage. Initially, the prevailing wisdom was that Biffle was standing up for teammate David Ragan, whom Said collided with, setting off a chain reaction that utterly destroyed David Reutimann's car. But as it turned out, this was just another chapter in the long-running feud between Biffle and Said. And after the race, Said cranked the heat up another dozen notches with a gem of an interview. He expressed regret for the contact with Ragan, then opened up to ESPN's Ryan McGee:
"I'm more upset about Greg Biffle," Said said. "He's the most unprofessional little scaredy-cat I've ever seen in my life. He won't even fight me like a man. So if somebody will text me his address, I'll go visit him at his house and show him what he really needs. He needs a whooping, and I'm going to give it to him. He was flipping me off, giving me the finger, totally unprofessional, two laps down. He's a chump."
Said continued: "I went over to go talk to him, he gets out and throws some little baby punches, I get out and he goes and hides behind some big guys, but he won't hide from me for long. I won't settle it out on the track, it's not right to wreck cars, but he'll show up at a race with a black eye one of these days. I'll see him somewhere."
Said has a history with several drivers, including Tony Stewart, and this finish will do him no favors with the Sprint Cup regulars. But then it doesn't appear he's much concerned with how at least one of them views him.
After the race, several drivers chimed in on Twitter, and the reaction was decidedly anti-Said. (All responses sic'd):
Matt Kenseth: "Glad everyone is ok, Boris once again showed off his road racing skills and great judgement."
Jeff Burton: "I'm sure Boris is a nice guy but he has caused 2 many wrecks during his cup races. He needs to stop racing over his head"
David Ragan: "Very hard hit today. Gonna be feeling it tomorrow. The prob with Boris is he has no respect for anyone... We will move on and go win MIS."
UPDATE: Greg Biffle has chimed in via Twitter ...
"Let me tell u something Boris,'the roadcourse ringer' caused that wreck. He did the same thing to me earlier in the race off the carousel"
"Then Mr. Class pulls in behind my truck after the race today?! Shouldn't you go check on David & David? How unprofessional & disrespectful!"
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