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.
Josh wise has made two previous starts in the No. 98 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet and he has finished in the lows 30s each time. He will aim for a slightly better result this week and try to land in the top 30.
A mid-season change from the No. 98 team put Josh Wise in a vulnerable position. After scoring a top-10 at Talladega for one team his results began to slip and a 43rd in his final run with them led to a driver change. Wise failed to qualify at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in his first of eight attempts in the No. 32.
Jimmie Johnson finished ahead of Josh Wise in nearly every 2015 Cup race they entered, and he was in the lead once more during the off-season. Johnson ran a half-marathon last weekend in one hour, 27 minutes and beat Wise to the rope by about two minutes.
Josh Wise and Jeb Burton shared the distinction for being penalized most often for having their crew members over the wall too soon. Each driver was penalized four times, according to NBC Sports’ Dustin Long.
Josh Wise (#32 Zak Products Ford Fusion) finished 39th in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Josh Wise will qualify the No. 32 Frank Stoddard Ford this week and that will be his eighth attempt in that ride. Wise has also shown up at the track in Mike Curb’s No. 98, the No. 30 of Curtis Key, the No. 34 of Front Row Motorsports, and the No. 26 of BK Racing.
Josh Wise hopes that lightning will strike the same place twice. He his only career top-10 came this May in the Geico 500.