NASCAR driving Josh Wise may have only finished 18th at Friday’s Sprint Showdown, but put up much better numbers from fan voting.
Wise won the popular fan vote, giving him a place in Saturday’s All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, joining Clint Bowyer and A.J. Allmendinger, the top two finishers in the Showdown qualifying race.
The 31-year-old Wise drives for Phil Parsons Racing, and his No. 98 Chevrolet is sponsored by Dogecoin and Reddit.com. Those two web-based sponsors probably had a lot to do with the voting that took place on the internet.
According to USAToday.com, the vote was an upset of sorts, with Wise beating out such popular drivers as Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson and last year’s vote-winner, Danica Patrick.
Wise, who will be participating in his first All-Star race said:
“This is huge for me and our team. This started with a 16-year-old kid posting something on reddit.com about some good runs we had. For some reason, this awesome [Internet] community got behind us. I’m just super-thankful to be a part of it. It’s been a pretty cool experience.”
The following drivers have qualified for the All-Star Race:
Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Brian Vickers, Martin Truex Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Bowyer, Allmendinger and Wise.