Wise, Team Earn Big Payday
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on May 18, 2014 | 1:53 A.M. EST
Josh Wise battled an ill-handling car to a 15th-place finish in Saturday night's Sprint All-Star race. (Photo: Getty Images)
CONCORD, N.C. - Josh Wise would have liked to have rewarded the fans who voted him into Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star race, but there was only so much he could do with his car’s handling.
“We were industrial-strength tight, so it was not what we hoped for by any means,’’ Wise said after his 15th-place finish in his first all-star appearance “We were able to miss wrecks and stuff and finish a little better by doing that but didn’t have the speed we wanted for sure.’’
Wise said the wrecks, which eliminated Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon and Greg Biffle, among others, were in front of him but he didn’t have too close of a call avoiding those incidents.
“I wanted to be more aggressive but our speed didn’t really allow me to,’’ Wise said. “There were a few restarts where I tried to be kind of aggressive and get in there but we would get so tight after three or four or five laps, it didn’t leave us with much of a fighting chance.
“We definitely learned a lot for next week, so that was productive. It’s always good to be in a racecar.’’
This race wasn’t as much about results for the underfunded Phil Parsons Racing team, though. Wise and the team collected $86,411 for their All-Star performance. Add the $26,962 the team earned in Friday night’s Sprint Showdown and it made for a weekend haul of $113,373 - more than their winnings for any race this season except the Daytona 500.
“It’s been great,’’ Wise said of his all-star experience. “For us, it’s a big deal to get this kind of exposure and attention as a smaller team. It’s been a fun two months building this relationship with the Dogecoin people and everyone at Reddit. Just excited that we had this little bit of support and momentum with this. Hopefully, it can materialize into some consistent sponsorship for us so we can continue to build our program and run better.’’