CONCORD, N.C. — official release — NASCAR photo — The fans have spoken.
Or, perhaps more specifically, those that frequent r/NASCAR Subreddit of social networking and news site Reddit.com have spoken.
Phil Parsons Racing’s unsung internet hero Josh Wise, who has 79 Sprint Cup Series starts and a career-best finish of 19th under his belt, has earned a berth into Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (9 p.m. ET, FS1) via the Sprint Fan Vote and a large contingent of Redditors who pitched in a few different ways.
“That’s unreal,” Wise said. “I can’t believe that. That’s amazing. Thank you everybody watching.”
In March, the Reddit community raised 67.8 million Dogecoins — a cryptocurrency that equates to about $55,000 — to help Wise put his No. 98 Ford in the Aaron’s 400 at Talladega Superspeedway. Dogecoin/Reddit again sponsored his No. 98 All-Star Weekend ride — this time a Chevrolet.
The same group of fans likely had a heavy influence on his case for the Sprint Fan Vote, as Wise unseated reigning winner Danica Patrick.
Wise will now join the pool of drivers trying to earn the top starting spot via Saturday’s Sprint All-Star Race Qualifying (7:10 p.m. ET, FS1).
Wise has never participated in the Sprint All-Star Race before. He was 13th in the 2012 Sprint Showdown.