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Said pulls a daily double

Perhaps the busiest driver Saturday was Boris Said.

Said spent the morning in Homestead, where he was qualifying for the NASCAR Truck Series. After qualifying second for today's Florida 400, he boarded truck team owner Ernie Irvan's plane and flew to Sebring.

Luckily for Said, 1.2 miles of the race are run on Sebring International Airport runways, so he essentially was in the pits when the plane landed at 4:52 p.m.

At 5:04, during a routine stop for the No. 7 Red Bull GTS-3 BMW, Said was back behind the wheel and in the race.

DYSON DEATH: Reigning 24 Hours of Daytona champion Rob Dyson, who owns the Nos. 16 and 20 World Sports Cars, left before the start of the race . His father, Charles H. Dyson, died Friday.

Mr. Dyson was 87 and is survived by his wife, June, four children and 10 grandchildren.

In his honor, the No. 20 car, driven by John Schneider, Elliot Forbes-Robinson and John Paul Jr. , had "God Bless Mr. Dyson" written on the right side of the hood.

WISHIN' ON A POLE: By earning the pole for the 12 Hours race, Team Scandia Ferrari driver Yannick Dalmas was presented with the Team MSI Make-A-Wish Foundation Pole Award. Team MSI, which expects to donate more than $100,000 to Make-A-Wish chapters throughout the season, rewarded Dalmas with $1,000, then donated $4,000 to the Central Florida Make-A-Wish Foundation.

One of the drivers for the Make-A-Wish No. 88 World Sports Car team is former Indianapolis 500 champion Danny Sullivan. Sullivan saw his first action when he jumped behind the wheel at 1:38 p.m., when the team was in 43rd position.

RECORD NUMBERS: The 45th running of the 12 Hours of Sebring drew a record crowd. Preliminary figures estimated more than 103,000 attended..

_ MIKE READLING

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