Veteran road racer Boris Said says VIRginia International Raceway at Alton is one of his favorite tracks. The way he dominated Saturday’s 100-mile Trans Am race at the Halifax County road course showed it.

Said, driving a Dodge Challenger, sped past series championship contender Chris Dyson when Dyson’s Ford Mustang encountered a mechanical issue on the third lap. From there, he set sail and finished more than 10 seconds ahead of series title contender Ernie Francis Jr. to score his first win of the series.

“It’s a brand new car, and we had a few little bugs the first two races with it, but now the car is running really good,” said the veteran driver who celebrated his 57th birthday this past week.

“It’s pretty cool to win on your birthday.”

Said pointed out he was giving every bit of effort he had throughout the race.

“Even though no one was near me, I was driving like I was qualifying every lap,” Said remarked.

“I was just driving 100 percent every lap. I was just digging. I didn’t have a radio, so I was driving as fast as I could. I figured when the checkered (flag) comes out I will slow down.”

Warm temperatures that got close to the 90-degree mark made the race a grueling one for Said and his fellow competitors.

“It was a little hot today, and it was tough physically, but you have so much fun in these cars around here,” Said pointed out.

“It’s a blast. I think everybody should try it.”

Tomy Drissi finished third in a Chevrolet Camaro.

The Fall-Line Motorsports team dominated the SGT class in the race with Tim Kezman, Mark Boden and Tom Herb finishing first, second and third respectively, all driving Porsche 991 GT3 Cup cars.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at