August 15, 2011
Punches thrown at Watkins Glen
By DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Ron Fellows wants to send a sarcastic message to Boris Said: Thank you very much.
Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Roush Fenway Ford, delivered his own message via a punch thrown at Said after the road course ringer was blamed for a multi-car crash on the final lap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen on Monday.
First Fellows, who was running for a Top 20 finish in the No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet, said he was a victim of Said’s aggressive move in Turn 2 that also collected the No. 6 RFR Ford of Biffle’s teammate, David Ragan.
“I was behind the No. 7 (Robby Gordon) when Boris, I guess, hooked David, sending him flying right into me,” Fellows said. “There just isn’t any need to be racing that way when you are back in 22nd place.”
The result was two very badly wrecked cars and both drivers — Fellows and Ragan — being sent to the infield care centre.
Fellows emerged with a 30th place finish but was clearly shaken from the incident.
“That was as hard a hit as I have ever had since I started racing,” Fellows said. “I am real sore right now. It is going to take a few days rest to heal.”
Fellows is scheduled to race Saturday in the NASCAR Nationwide Series NAPA 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal in the No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.
As for Biffle’s two punches Said immediately got out of his car and went after Biffle but he was stopped by a couple of RFR crew members.
“That was real unprofessional,” Said said of Biffle’s punches. “He needs a whupping and I’ll give him one. He’ll show up one day with two black eyes and you will know where he got them.”
The other Canadian in the race, Andrew Ranger, of Roxton Pond, Que., fell a lap down early in the affair after starting 35th and was never able to recover even though he had run as high as 23rd at one point in the No. 32 Frank Stoddard Racing Ford. He ended up 35th.