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Josh Wise

Team: The Motorsports Group-30
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/7/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0 / 160

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With 30 minutes remaining in final practice for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Josh Wise blew a tire and slammed the wall.
The No. 30 team will probably need to go to a backup car, but with only 40 entrants they are not in danger of going home. Wise will probably start last and move up the grid only through attrition. Aug 19 - 1:30 PM

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There is very little fantasy hope for Josh Wise on short tracks, based on his 2016 experience. In three starts this year he finished in the bottom three twice and has a best effort of 33rd.

The slightest bit of good news comes in the form of his 33rd. That was earned at Bristol Motor Speedway this spring, suggesting he is a little better on this course than Martinsville Speedway or Richmond International Raceway. It is not enough to sway fantasy owners to start him, however.
Aug 18 - 5:14 PM

Josh Wise has not always been a great value in 2016, but he has been a consistent one. In 18 starts this year, he has finished better than he qualified 12 times, which equates to 66.7 percent of the time.

Wise has one top-25 and three more top-30s to his credit, and during these four races he has averaged nearly 12 place-differential points added to his total. On those weekends, he was worth starting. Those strong runs came mostly on the unrestricted, intermediate speedways of Kentucky Speedway, Pocono Raceway, and Michigan International Speedway. He was also a solid value last week at Watkins Glen International.
Aug 8 - 6:26 PM

Josh Wise has scored two top-30 finishes in seven road course starts, but both of these have come at Sonoma Raceway. His best finish at Watkins Glen was a 38th scored in 2014.

Wise is not going to be considered one of the favorites in any game, but players who like to take bargains to stretch the top of the cap value will note that he is one of the least expensive drivers everywhere.
Aug 5 - 12:10 PM

Josh Wise will start a Pocono Raceway event in 38th for the third consecutive time. He qualified in that position in June 2015 and again this June. He missed the August 2015 event.

After starting 38th, Wise has moved up through the grid in his last two attempts. He finished one lap off the lead lap in both events to score a 29th in 2015 and 27th this year.
Jul 30 - 4:19 PM

Josh Wise was the one driver who failed to make the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard. He posted the slowest lap overall and as a non-charter team the No. 30 was not locked into the show.

He was not a particularly popular pre-race pick, but make certain Wise is not on any fantasy roster.
Jul 23 - 2:20 PM

Ryan Ellis and Josh Wise had the slowest time among the non-charter teams with an average ranking of 39.5 on the speed chart for the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard on Friday. They will battle on Saturday to see which of them races and who goes home.

Wise might have a slight advantage because his time was posted in the first practice session, which had conditions closer to what the drivers will face on Saturday. In either event, these drivers will not be great values as they should only move up with attrition on Sunday.
Jul 22 - 9:25 PM

Josh Wise has qualified for three flat track races this season. He blew an engine in one race, but was running at the end of the other two. In both races when he was around at the checkers, he finished 10 laps off the pace.

Wise’s best result on short, flat tracks was a 39th at Phoenix International Raceway this March, but he should be credited with finishing those races. The only way a team can get better is to run all the laps they can. Wise improved considerably in the latest flat track race on the longer, 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway when he lost only one lap and finished 27th.
Jul 14 - 3:39 PM

Josh Wise was the slowest of the open drivers at Daytona International Speedway and will not start the Coke Zero 400. His lap of 184.106 mph was the slowest of the drivers who took a timed lap.

NASCAR has not had more than 40 drivers most weeks in 2016 so this is unaccustomed territory. Make certain Wise was not your dark horse of choice.
Jul 1 - 5:55 PM

In the No. 98, Josh Wise came close to cracking the top 25 last August at Watkins Glen International; he settled for a 28th-place finish, but that was his best road course result in his four-race career.

Wise moved from the No. 98 to the 30 and it is unlikely he will crack the top 30 this week. He will only be an acceptable value if he starts at the very back of the pack.
Jun 21 - 2:29 PM

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.

Wise also has two failures to qualify that are dragging down his performance; both of these came on restrictor-plate, superspeedways. That has made him difficult to predict and even more difficult to place on a weekly roster—but there is some reason to be hopeful. Both top-30s came in the past two weeks at Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway.
Jun 16 - 4:28 PM

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.

Wise finished two laps down to the leader in June 2014 and has been only one lap off the pace in his latest two attempts. Attrition will dictate his result, however, and it is difficult to assume he will be one of the drivers unaffected by any hardships.
Jun 3 - 10:22 AM

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.

Wise has not been strong enough or consistent enough to make him fantasy relevant, but results in the low-30s make him an acceptable pick in some games. It is difficult to tell precisely when to start him, but he is worth a roll of the dice in games that allow multiple entries.
May 20 - 7:02 PM

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.

One of the races in which he was running at the end of the day came last fall when he finished 36th after starting 41st. This week only 40 cars are in the field, but Wise can still earn place-differential points after rolling off the grid 40th, so he should be watched in Saturday’s practice.
May 14 - 12:02 AM

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.

Wise started 39th and finished 35th in the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He was eight laps off the pace, but still running at the end of the show. For some of the smaller teams, NASCAR life is about learning to walk before they run.
May 2 - 7:46 PM