Josh Wise will start his 35th race on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track this week in the Quaker State 400 by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway. Fifteen of his previous attempts have come in the No. 98 Mike Curb Ford.
Josh Wise failed to race his way into this year’s Daytona 500, but he has been a good bargain in his last three attempts at Daytona International Speedway with results ranging from 23rd to 25th.
Four teams—those of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, and Josh Wise—received written warnings from NASCAR for taking too many trips through the inspection line prior to the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Josh Wise has been uneven at Dover International Speedway during his career and last year is a good example. He qualified in the low 30s both times. He finished 28th in the spring and broke a suspension to finish 42nd last fall.
If Josh Wise cracks the top 40 this week in the Coca-Cola 600, it will be his best result in four attempts. He has finished exactly 41st in his latest three Charlotte Motor Speedway races.
One week after earning his first career top-10 at Talladega, Josh Wise will be forced to come back to earth. He has only one top-30 in 13 races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks in the No. 98.
The restrictor-plate, superspeedways are places for dark horses to shine. Josh Wise joined Ryan Blaney and Sam Hornish Jr. this week as drivers who scored their first top-10 of the season. He finished 10th.
Josh Wise failed to race his way into the Daytona 500 this season. If he had done so, a result in the 20s would have been the most likely outcome. Wise finished between 20th and 28th in four plate races last year.
If Josh Wise is going to take inspiration from any race this spring, it should be the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. He scored his only top-30 finish on that flat bullring.
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.