Say it ain't so, Said Heads.
Our apologies to all those loyal crazies who have long rooted for the man with the most fabulous head of hair in auto racing, but it's true. While Boris Said is entered in this Sunday's Toyota SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California, you can forget all that stuff about him being a road-course ringer.
It's a myth.
The days of so-called road-course ringers stepping in to sub for regulars in NASCAR's premier series because their specialty was making right turns as well as left ones better than just about all the guys who normally make their living on ovals are over.
In truth, they never really existed anyway. Said, for instance, has long been billed as a road-course ringer, yet he's never had a top-five finish in 14 career starts at Sonoma and has only one in 13 career starts at Watkins Glen International. His career average finishes at the two road courses: 20.6 at Sonoma and 24.2 at The Glen.
There is too much sponsorship money invested in the Sprint Cup regulars these days, and their teams in turn have frequently invested piles of money in trying to improve their road-course programs. The end result has been that the NASCAR regulars these days are much better than their predecessors on the challenging road courses, plus no driver in the points race is going to give up his seat for a supposed one- or two-week wonder—leaving guys like Said in underfunded rides, if they can find one at all, or left to field one themselves.
Read on to see where the regulars rank in their road-course prowess.