Josh Wise has an average finish of 35.5 this season, but that has been helped along with a pair of top-30 results. Eight of his 13 starts have ended below that mark.
Fantasy players and Wise himself need to manage their expectations for the No. 30 entry this week. If the lightly-funded car finishes within two laps of the leaders, his Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono Raceway should be considered a success.
Josh Wise has not been a fixture on most fantasy rosters this year, but he has been worth watching on NASCAR’s shorter tracks. His two best results in 2016 were a 33rd in April at Bristol Motor Speedway and a 34th on the one-mile flat track of Phoenix International Raceway.
Josh Wise has made eight Dover International Speedway starts in his career. He has never finished on the lead lap, but he has at least been running at the end of the three events.
Josh Wise’s expectations may actually be a little higher than this, but if he can earn a top-35 at Kansas, it will at least match his best 2016 effort on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track.
Josh Wise failed to find enough speed to qualify for the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway. His lap of 185.679 mph was not only the slowest among the Open Drivers, it was the slowest overall.
Josh Wise is hoping to repeat his performance from last year’s Geico 500 when he finished 10th after starting 34th at Talladega SuperSpeedway.
One thing is guaranteed at Richmond International Raceway this week: 2016 will be better for Josh Wise than 2015 was. Last year, he failed to qualify the No. 30 in the fall and was 42nd with an engine failure in the spring.
Josh Wise simply needs to be running at the end of the Food City 500 to count the race as a success. He has either failed to qualify or failed to finish four of his last five short track races.
Josh Wise finished 39th at Atlanta Motor Speedway and 35th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway earlier this year, but he is getting seat time on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. In his career, he has failed to qualify on them 16 percent of the time.
The Motorsports Group announced that Crawfest New Braunfels and the City of New Braunfels (Texas) will serve as sponsors of the team's No. 30 Chevrolet entry for the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Texas Motor Speedway.
David Ragan has spent only 38.5 percent of his time on the lead lap, according the NASCAR Statistical Services. In the 1,315 laps run, he has been with the leader for only 506 circuits.
With an average finish of 36.0 in four starts so far this season, Josh Wise sits at the bottom of that ranking.
Josh Wise has been coming to his home state of California since 2012, but he has yet to earn a top-35 in four starts.