Josh Wise joins Specialty Racing for 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 8, 2010) - Josh Wise, a former champion in the USAC National Sprint Car Series and the USAC National Midget Series, has signed with NASCAR ...
Josh Wise joins Specialty Racing for 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 8, 2010) - Josh Wise, a former champion in the USAC National Sprint Car Series and the USAC National Midget Series, has signed with NASCAR Nationwide Series team Specialty Racing. He will compete in all 35 races behind the wheel of the team's No. 61 Ford Fusion.
Wise, who scored a top-five finish in the Nationwide Series in 2008 at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, will attempt his first full season in a NASCAR touring series in 2010.
"I'm excited to be with this team and to have a chance to run a full slate of Nationwide Series races," said Wise. "This is the first time that I have started a new Stock Car season with a set ride. This is definitely a great opportunity to build on our progress week after week and improve as a team this year.
"We're locked in to the Daytona race (this coming weekend) and the next four races after that, so we can certainly get a great jump on the 2010 season."
The Riverside, Calif. native has made 21 career starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, including three in 2009. He also competed in the USAC Silver Crown Series last year for the Carl Edwards/Mike Curb- owned RE Racing team.
Specialty Racing - owned by Doug Taylor and Charles Shoffner - utilized five different drivers to finish 29th in the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series owner standings. That won't be the case this year.
"We're thrilled to be able to work with Josh this year and hopefully in years to come," said Taylor. "We want to build this into a championship-caliber team and we think that foundation begins with the driver. Josh is very talented and an up-and-coming star in this sport."
Specialty Racing is based in Statesville, N.C. and has competed at the NASCAR Nationwide Series level since 1994.
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