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Boris Said gets 11th-hour ride to defend Montreal Nationwide Series victory

Boris Said
Boris Said

By Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

The "Said Heads" will have something to cheer about in Montreal after all.

Thanks to a last-minute opportunity from Turner Motorsports, announced Saturday, Boris Said will have a chance to defend last year's Nationwide Series victory at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

Driving for owner Robby Benton, Said won the 2010 race at the 2.71-mile road course in a drag race to the stripe against Max Papis. This year, Said will drive the No. 30 Chevrolet fielded by Turner in the Aug. 20 event.

"I'm excited to go back to Montreal and defend my win with Turner Motorsports," the popular driver known for his thick, curly hair said. "They have some of the best equipment on the track, and with Hendrick power under the hood, I know we are going to have a fast Great Clips Chevy."

Last year's victory in Montreal is Said's only career win in 22 Nationwide starts over nine seasons. Turner Motorsports has three Nationwide victories this season, and three of its drivers-Reed Sorenson, Justin Allgaier and Jason Leffler are second, fifth and sixth, respectively, in the series standings.