Josh Wise is showing remarkable consistency this season. He failed to advance into the Daytona 500, but ended every other race in the 30s and has an average result of 34.3.
If Josh Wise can earn a top-30 finish this week, it will equal success for this team. Driving the No. 98, Wise has only one such result in 12 starts; he finished 29th last year at Kentucky.
Josh Wise has been one of the most consistent drivers in the field this year. In five starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, he has a best result of 30th at Martinsville and a worst of 36th at Phoenix and Auto Club.
Josh Wise failed to qualify at Martinsville in his first attempt in 2009 driving for a relatively unknown team owned by Barry Haefele. His next two starts ended before the 100-lap mark, but he has been running at the end of his last four attempts and expects to do so again this week.
Josh Wise got progressively stronger on two-mile tracks last year. In three races at Auto Club and Michigan he finished better than he started each time.
Josh Wise has been on a downward trend at Phoenix in the past two years. He finished 35th there in spring 2013, was 36th that fall, and finished 41st last fall after failing to qualify in the spring.
In three previous starts at Las Vegas, Josh Wise’s best result was a 35th he scored in 2013. He was driving a Front Row Motorsports entry at the time.
Josh Wise has gotten progressively better in three attempts at Atlanta. In his first try he failed to qualify in 2012 driving for Front Row Motorsports. He made the show the following year with that same organization, but parked early with a vibration and was scored 41st. Last year he was running at the end of the race in 33rd.
Josh Wise has made 11 restrictor-plate, superspeedway starts in his career and has a best finish of 19th in the 2013 Aaron's 499.
Josh Wise will return to the cockpit of the No. 98 Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet in 2015 and he could be a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners on several occasions.
After competing in 35 Sprint Cup races for Phil Parsons Racing in 2014, Josh Wise will return to the driver's seat for the team in 2015.
Josh Wise will almost certainly earn a career-best finish at Homestead this week. In two previous starts, he has a 40th in 2012 and a 41st in 2013.
Josh Wise’s last two attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks have fallen below his average. In nine races this year at Atlanta, Charlotte, Texas, Las Vegas, Kansas, Chicagoland, and Kentucky, he has scored an average of 36.2, but he was only 38th in the Hollywood Casino 400 and 41st in the Bank of America 500 in his most recent efforts.
In his last three starts at Martinsville, Josh Wise has finished consistently in the mid-30s with a 35th in the last two spring races and a 34th last fall.