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Dale Jr. remembers Boris Said's act of kindness at road course

DOVER, DE - MAY 30: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, prepares his equipment in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 30, 2015 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images) WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 07: Boris Said, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International on August 7, 2015 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

DOVER, DE - MAY 30: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, prepares his equipment in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 30, 2015 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images) WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 07: Boris Said, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International on August 7, 2015 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

One of the non-NASCAR regulars competing in this weekend's Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series races at Watkins Glen is Boris Said, a sports car racing veteran who has become one of NASCAR's most recognizable road "ringers" over the past two decades.

While Said has made a total of just 50 top series NASCAR starts since 1999, the 52-year-old from Stamford, Connecticut has quite the fan following thanks in large part to his can't-miss hairdo, which has led some fans who call themselves "Said-heads" to sport wigs bearing a striking resemblance to the man himself.

Since Said first made it a habit of running the Sprint Cup Series' two annual road-course events at Watkins Glen and Sonoma, along with typically entering a few XFINITY Series races each year on road courses, Said has graciously offered his road-course expertise to a few full-time Sprint Cup drivers along the way.

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One of those drivers is Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has never won a Sprint Cup race on a road course, but on Saturday recalled a time when Said lended a helping hand.