Josh Wise announces he’s parting ways with Premium Motorsports

Image courtesy of @NASCARONFOX.
Image courtesy of @NASCARONFOX.

Image courtesy of @NASCARONFOX.

After an abysmal run with the organization, Josh Wise has decided he’ll part ways with Premium Motorsports and the No. 98 team. Currently 35th in the Sprint Cup standings and coming off a 43rd-place finish, Wise will be looking for a new home for the remainder of the season.

The 2014 Sprint Fan Vote winner announced his decision via Twitter.

Wise started the season by failing to qualify for the Daytona 500 and missed out on the top 30 in his first eight races. When Phil Parsons Racing was bought out by Premium Motorsports, the hope was that the team would turn around. It did not, and now Wise will look to turn a corner with a different team.

His departure from Premium doesn’t come as a shock after Brendan Gaughan recently left the team on July 11. Gaughan had failed to qualify in eight races before making the move. With Wise barely making the cut most weekends and having just one top 20 to show for his efforts, his No. 98 team wasn’t far ahead of Gaughan’s No. 62 program.

The 32-year-old driver has 121 starts at the Sprint Cup level and Chris Knight of Catchfence doesn’t believe he’ll be out of a ride for long.

Wise’s biggest moment of his career was winning the 2014 Sprint Fan Vote over drivers like Danica Patrick and Kyle Larson. The Reddit community backed him with the Dogecoin sponsorship and was one of the first to wish him well after the announcement.

Jeb Burton, another driver looking to breakthrough at the Sprint Cup level, also wished Wise well.

With Furniture Row Racing reportedly looking to add a new car and several other garages needing an experienced driver behind the wheel, Wise should land with a new team soon. He might not be competitive this season for a Chase spot, but he clearly has the respect of his fellow drivers and skill to help build a team at the Sprint Cup level.


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