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.
Josh Wise failed to find enough speed to qualify for the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway. His lap of 185.679 mph was not only the slowest among the Open Drivers, it was the slowest overall.
Josh Wise is hoping to repeat his performance from last year’s Geico 500 when he finished 10th after starting 34th at Talladega SuperSpeedway.
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.