Josh Wise

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Josh Wise
Josh Wise at Martinsville driver introductions April 2013.jpg
Wise at Martinsville Speedway in 2013
Born (1983-02-07) February 7, 1983 (age 32)
Riverside, California, U.S.
Awards 2014 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Fan Vote Winner
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
119 races run over 5 years
Car no., team No. 98 (Premium Motorsports)
2014 position 36th
Best finish 36th (2014)
First race 2011 GEICO 400 (Chicagoland)
Last race 2015 Coke Zero 400 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
142 races run over 8 years
2014 position 103rd
Best finish 16th (2011)
First race 2007 Kroger 200 (IRP)
Last race 2014 Zippo 200 at the Glen (Watkins Glen)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 6 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
11 races run over 3 years
Best finish 33rd (2007)
First race 2007 O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 (Kansas)
Last race 2012 VFW 200 (Michigan)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
Statistics current as of June 28, 2015.

Josh Wise (born February 7, 1983 in Riverside, California)[1] is an American stock car driver. He currently competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 98 Ford Fusion for Premium Motorsports.

Early career[edit]

Wise started racing Quarter Midgets in Southern California at Pomona Valley Quarter Midget Racing Association in 1991 when he was 8 years old. He won the California State Monza Championships in 1993,1994, and 1996. He became a National Quarter Midget Champion in 1994, winning the Light B class at the Sacramento California Grand Nationals. In 6 years of racing Quarter Midgets, Wise went on to win more than 60 races.

In 1997, Wise began racing Micro Sprints, he primarily competed at Barona Speedway near San Diego, but traveled to Northern California as well to compete. His rookie season at Barona Speedway, Wise captured 8 main event wins, 6 of them in a row, finishing second in points, earning Rookie of the year Honors. The 1998 season Wise would go on to win 5 main events and the 250 Micro Midget Championship at Barona Speedway.[citation needed]

In 1999, Wise entered into the United States Auto Club (USAC) at 16 years of age in USAC's 3/4 Midget division. He would go on to win the USAC Championship, earning four wins at Irwindale Speedway along with Rookie of the year Honors. This Championship made Josh the youngest Champion in USAC history, in 44 years of sanctioning races.[citation needed]

For 2000, Wise would make the move to USAC's Western States Midget Division, racing only the pavement events. In his rookie year Wise captured 2 wins at Madera Speedway and one at Stockton 99, beating midget legend Sleepy Tripp to the checkers. For his first win at Madera Speedway, Wise started last and came through the field to take the win in a race that was called short due to a bad accident during the feature. In 2000, Wise received his third straight Rookie of the Year Honors, 2nd in USAC.[citation needed]

Wise first appeared in the ARCA Re/MAX Series in 2006 with Eddie Sharp Racing. He ran two races and earned one top 10. In 2007, Wise returned to the team to run 11 races, earning one pole position and six top 10s, including three 2nd place finishes.[citation needed]


2010 Nationwide car at Road America
2011 Nationwide car at Road America
Wise competing in the 2013 STP Gas Booster 500

In 2007, it was announced that Wise would drive part-time for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports in conjunction with Michael Waltrip Racing.[2] In nine races in the No. 00 Aaron's, Inc. Toyota, Wise earned two top 10s, including a career best 6th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In 2007, Wise made his Nationwide Series debut at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP). Driving the No. 22 Family Dollar Dodge for Fitz Motorsports, he started 29th and finished on the lead lap in 17th. In 2008, he ran 17 races in the No. 22 Supercuts Dodge for Fitz and the No. 00 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. He earned one top 10 finish, a 5th-place finish at IRP. Wise made three series starts in 2009 for Xxxtreme Motorsport, failing to finish any of them. He also made one Sprint Cup Series attempt at Martinsville Speedway, failing to qualify in the No. 73 Dodge of Rabbe Racing. In 2009 Wise also raced 17 USAC Sprint car races winning one race and 12 top fives. Wise raced 15 USAC National Midget races winning 3 and taking 8 top fives. Wins included the Belleville Nationals preliminary night and the Firemans Nationals.[citation needed]

After the 2009 season, it was announced that Wise had signed with Specialty Racing to run full-time in 2010. After 7 races he caught the eye of car owner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and was hired to drive for JR Motorsports part-time. He raced in the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevy with sponsorship from Go Daddy and part-time through 2010 and in 2011, splitting the ride with IndyCar Series driver Danica Patrick; His average finish was 13th and completed every race on the lead lap.

In 2011 Wise returned to JR Motorsports part-time and also drove for Go Green Racing and Key Motorsports. Wise raced part-time in 2011 bouncing between 3 different teams but would still manage to finish 16th in Nationwide Series Drivers standings, He would also make his Cup Series debut at Chicago, driving for Max Q Motorsports; he qualified for three additional races over the rest of the year. In 2012, Wise ran the majority of the Nationwide Series schedule for The Motorsports Group.[3] He also competed full-time, except for the Daytona 500, in the Sprint Cup Series, competing for Rookie of the Year,[4] driving the Front Row Motorsports No. 26.[5] Wise ran the No. 26 as a start and park for much of the season and lost ROTY honors to late entrant Stephen Leicht.

In 2013, Wise returned to Front Row Motorsports, with the No. 26 renumbered to 35, driving all the races except Watkins Glen where Michael McDowell drove. Wise drove about 20 races to completion, while start and parking the remainder.

On November 26, 2013, Wise announced that he had left Front Row Motorsports;[6] on December 4 it was revealed that he would drive for Phil Parsons Racing in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.[7] He started 2014 off with a 24th-place finish in the Daytona 500, before failing to qualify at Phoenix. He qualified the following week at Las Vegas, finishing 42nd.

Wise's wrecked car at the 2015 Food City 500

In 2015, Wise received sponsorship for the Daytona 500 from former Phoenix Racing owner James Finch's company Phoenix Construction.[8] However, he failed to qualify after suffering from a mechanical failure at the start of the second Budweiser Duel.[9] By the GEICO 500, the team had struggled, and was ranked 42nd in owners points. On April 29, rumors arose that PPR and Jay Robinson had agreed to a deal that would send Wise to Robinson's Premium Motorsports;[10] this was officially announced by Premium Motorsports on May 4.[11] Wise officially joined Premium Motorsports at the Coca-Cola 600 weekend. Wise got his first top 10 in Sprint Cup by finishing 10th at Talladega for the Geico 500.

Dogecoin sponsorship[edit]

On March 16, 2014, Reddit user Denis Pavel posting under the username "unicorn_butt_sex" noticed Wise racing an unsponsored car at the Food City 500. Pavel went to Reddit with the idea of sponsoring a car. As a member of the NASCAR community on Reddit, he had seen the community rally behind drivers before. Pavel also reached out to the Dogecoin community, a cryptocurrency based off the internet meme, Doge, that had raised funds for other various causes, including the Jamaican bobsled team at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. With endorsements from both communities, Pavel contacted Phil Parsons Racing and was told that the communities needed to raise $55,000 to sponsor Wise at the Aaron's 499,[12] or just over 67 million Dogecoins. With help from several wealthy individuals, the communities came up with the money one week later on March 25. Wise ran with the Dogecoin-wrapped car on May 4, running as high as 4th and finishing 20th, his second-best finish at the time.

Several days later Wise announced to his followers that he would race the Dogecar (also called the "Moonrocket")[13] for free at the 2014 Sprint Showdown on May 16 and the 2014 All-Star Race if he won the Showdown or the fan vote. With international support and an excited fan base, Wise won the vote, defeating odds-on favorite Danica Patrick.[14] Wise placed 19th out of 22 at the qualifier and earned an unofficial career best finish of 15th in the All-Star, the last car running.[15] PPR earned an additional $120,000 for the weekend, which they said would be used to purchase newer, more competitive tires for their cars.[citation needed]

On May 14, Wise and PPR released a T-shirt version of the official Dogecoin crew shirts, with all profits going to the Dogecar making another appearance at the 2014 GEICO 500 at Talladega, and an extra two races if 10,000 were sold. The funds (from the sale of 5,000 shirts) were successfully raised six days later,[citation needed] ending with 5,805 shirts sold. Despite not reaching 10,000, Wise stated on Twitter that the Dogecar would return for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.[16]

On May 18, NASCAR game developer Eutechnyx announced that the Dogecar would appear in NASCAR '14 as downloadable content.[17]

Wise debuted a new Dogecoin/ helmet before the Coca-Cola 600 on May 25. He wore it during all of his races for the rest of the 2014 season, including the races where Dogecoin isn't the primary sponsor of the #98 car.[18]

In July, bullion dealer Provident Metals became a sponsor of the No. 98 starting with the Irwin Tools Night Race, and the company later announced they would be accepting Dogecoin, along with Bitcoin and Litecoin, as payment.[19]

In 2015, the Dogecar returned for the Toyota/Save Mart 350.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Wise has two daughters.[21] He is a triathlete, beginning after cycling with driver Scott Speed, and occasionally tests his bicycle at the A2 Wind Tunnel in North Carolina.[22] Comparing the sport to racing, Wise stated, "I get way more stressed in a triathlon than I do in a race car."[21]

Motorsports career results[edit]


(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Daytona 500 results[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2013 Front Row Motorsports Ford 32 40
2014 Phil Parsons Racing Ford 11 24
2015 DNQ

Nationwide Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points


  1. ^ Josh Wise Career Statistics
  2. ^ Josh Wise Will Drive Waltrip Toyota Part-Time in '07
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  4. ^ Rodman, Dave (February 21, 2012). "Vickers says he's just waiting for right 2012 option". Turner Sports. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ "NASCAR Drivers - Sprint Cup Series Driver Table". Turner Sports. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  6. ^ NASCAR (November 26, 2013). "Josh Wise leaving Front Row Motorsports". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Josh Wise to drive No. 98 for Phil Parsons Racing". December 4, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Daytona Entry List". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  9. ^ Owens, Jeff (February 20, 2015). "Who made the Daytona 500, who missed it". Sporting News. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  10. ^ Spencer, Lee (May 2, 2015). "What's the future for Phil Parsons Racing?". Motorsport. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ Hager, Will (May 4, 2015). "Josh Wise to join Premium Motorsports". Charlotte Sun-Times. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ Estrada, Chris (March 26, 2014). "NASCAR fans on Reddit use DogeCoin to sponsor Josh Wise". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  13. ^ Hern, Alex (March 27, 2014). "Dogecoin raises $55,000 to sponsor Nascar driver". The Guardian. Retrieved May 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ Pockrass, Bob (May 16, 2014). "Danica Patrick loses fan vote to upstart Josh Wise". Sporting News. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  15. ^ "2014 Sprint All-Star Race". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 21, 2014. 
  16. ^ Wilmoth, Josiah. "Josh Wise Announces He Will Drive the Dogecar Twice More in 2014". Cryptocoins News. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  17. ^ Good, Owen (May 18, 2014). "Dogecoin, NASCAR's strangest hood sponsor, will appear in its official video game". Polygon. Retrieved May 21, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Photo by joshwiseracing". Josh Wise. Instagram. May 25, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  19. ^ Finberg, Ron (July 23, 2014). "After Sponsoring NASCAR’s Josh Wise, Provident Metals to Accept Dogecoin, Bitcoin, and Litecoin". Business Magnates. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  20. ^ Perez, Jeff (June 28, 2015). "Wow: Josh Wise and Dogecar Return to NASCAR Grid at Sonoma". Bold Ride. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  21. ^ a b Schneider, Ryan (May 29, 2014). "Wise Up: Triathlon Tips from a NASCAR Driver". Ironman Triathlon. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  22. ^ Roberts-Grey, Gina. "Cheating the Wind: NASCAR Driver Josh Wise". Bicycling. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 

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