Josh Wise

Josh Wise

This article is about the racing driver. For the actor, see Josh Wise (actor).
Josh Wise
Martinsville Speedway in 2013
Born (1983-02-07) February 7, 1983 (age 31)
Riverside, California, U.S.
Statistics current as of November 17, 2013.

Josh Wise (born February 7, 1983 in Riverside, California)[1] is an American stock car driver. He currently competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 35 Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports. He also drives part-time in the Nationwide Series for The Motorsports Group.

Early career

Wise started racing Quarter Midgets in Southern California at Pomona Valley Quarter Midget Racing Association in 1991 when he was 8 years old. He won the California State Monza Championships in 1993,1994, and 1996. He became a National Quarter Midget Champion in 1994, winning the Light B class at the Sacramento California Grand Nationals. In 6 years of racing Quarter Midgets, Josh went on to win more than 60 races.

In 1997, Wise began racing Micro Sprints, he primarily competed at Barona Speeday near San Diego, but traveled to Northern California as well to compete. His rookie season at Barona Speeway, Wise captured 8 main event wins, 6 of them in a row, finishing second in points, earning Rookie of the year Honors. The 1998 season Wise would go on to win 5 main events and the 250 Micro Midget Championship at Barona Speedway.

In 1999, Wise entered into the United States Auto Club (USAC) at 16 years of age in USAC's 3/4 Midget division. He would go on to win the USAC Championship, earning four wins at Irwindale Speedway along with Rookie of the year Honors. This Championship made Josh the youngest Champion in USAC history, in 44 years of sanctioning races.

For 2000, Wise would make the move to USAC's Western States Midget Division, racing only the pavement events. In his rookie year Wise captured 2 wins at Madera Speedway and one at Stockton 99, beating midget legend Sleepy Tripp to the checkers. For his first win at Madera Speedway, Wise started dead last and came through the field to take the win in a race that was called short due to a bad accident during the feature. In 2000, Wise received his third straight Rookie of the Year Honors, 2nd in USAC.

Wise first appeared in the ARCA Remax Series in 2006 with Eddie Sharp Racing. He ran two races and earned one top 10. In 2007, Wise returned to the team to run 11 races, earning one pole position and six top 10s, including three 2nd place finishes.


In 2007, it was announced that Wise would drive part-time for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports in conjunction with Michael Waltrip Racing.[2] In nine races in the No. 00 Aaron's. Inc. Toyota, Wise earned two top 10s, including a career best 6th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Also in 2007, Wise made his Nationwide Series debut at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP). Driving the No. 22 Family Dollar Dodge for Fitz Motorsports, he started 29th and finished on the lead lap in 17th. In 2008, he ran 17 races in the No. 22 Supercuts Dodge for Fitz and the No. 00 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. He earned one top 10 finish, a career best 5th at IRP. Wise made three series starts in 2009 for Xxxtreme Motorsport, failing to finish any of them. He also made one Sprint Cup Series attempt at Martinsville Speedway, failing to qualify in the No. 73 Dodge owned by Barry Haefele.

After the 2009 season, it was announced that Wise had signed with Specialty Racing to run full-time in 2010. He raced in the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevy with sponsorship from Go Daddy and part-time through 2010 and in 2011, splitting the ride with IndyCar driver Danica Patrick; In 2010, he attempted to qualify for Sprint Cup races at Dover Texas for Robert Richardson but was unsuccessful.

Wise also drove for Go Green Racing and Key Motorsports during 2011, in addition to making his Cup Series debut at Chicago in 2011, driving for Max Q Motorsports and finishing 42nd; he qualified for three additional races over the rest of the year. In 2012, Wise ran the majority of the Nationwide Series schedule for The Motorsports Group.[3] He also competed full-time, except for the Daytona 500, in the Sprint Cup Series, competing for Rookie of the Year,[4] driving the Front Row Motorsports No. 26.[5]

On November 26, 2013, Wise announced that he will be leaving Front Row Motorsports.[6]

Motorsports career results


(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

Nationwide Series

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
2007 1 0 0 0 0 29.0 19.0 $18,707 125th Fitz Motorsports
2008 17 0 1 1 0 24.0 21.2 $402,759 33rd Fitz Motorsports
Michael Waltrip Racing
2009 3 0 0 0 0 29.0 32.3 $57,038 97th SK Motorsports
Xxxtreme Motorsports
2010 25 0 0 2 0 27.1 25.7 $594,703 25th Specialty Racing
JR Motorsports
Baker Curb Racing
Braun Racing
2011 31 0 1 3 0 24.5 22.4 $765,028 16th Go Green Racing
JR Motorsports
Key Motorsports
2012 26 0 0 0 0 29.6 39.2 $360,594 126th1 The Motorsports Group

Camping World Truck Series

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
2007 9 0 0 2 0 15.6 19.0 $108,090 33rd Darrell Waltrip Motorsports
2011 1 0 0 0 0 24.0 29.0 $7,225 100th1 RSS Racing
2012 1 0 0 0 0 35.0 34.0 $7,975 66th1 Norm Benning Racing


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