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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.