WISE COMPETES IN NATIONWIDE RACE AT TEXAS WITH MWR NO. 00 NAPA AUTO PARTS TOYOTA CAMRY TEAM FORT WORTH, Texas (October 28, 2008) -- Josh Wise will attempt to qualify the No. 00 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry for the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS)...
WISE COMPETES IN NATIONWIDE RACE AT TEXAS WITH MWR NO. 00 NAPA AUTO PARTS TOYOTA CAMRY TEAM
FORT WORTH, Texas (October 28, 2008) -- Josh Wise will attempt to qualify the No. 00 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry for the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) event at Texas Motor Speedway and make his 16th career start in the division. Wise aims to top his career-best NNS finish of fifth-place he recorded earlier this season in Claremont, Indiana.
"I am very grateful that Michael Waltrip Racing is allowing me to race the No. 00 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota at Texas Motor Speedway," Wise said. "Texas is a really fun and a fast intermediate track and in some small ways it is like Lowe's Motor Speedway, which is a track that I really like."
The 25-year-old enters Texas Motor Speedway fresh off a strong third-place NNS qualifying effort at Memphis Motorsports Park for David Reutimann and his No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry team. Reutimann was pleased that Wise was able to step into his car while he was at Atlanta Motor Speedway practicing his No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry. He believes Wise will go far in this sport.
"Josh is a phenomenal talent," Reutimann said. "We ended up having a great car at Memphis thanks to Jerry Baxter and the guys, but a lot of credit goes to Josh because he did an incredible job practicing and qualifying the Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry. The car drove great the entire race and in the end we were in contention for the win and finished second. He's really good and I'm looking forward to racing with him on Saturday in the Nationwide race at Texas."
"It was an awesome experience to work with the Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota team and I was surprised by how good we qualified because we focused more on race runs," Wise added. "David was going to have to start in the back, so we focused on getting the car to handle the best we could for him. We ended up qualifying third and I was happy we were able to do that. Now, I'm looking forward to qualifying for the Nationwide race at Texas in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota and racing in the event."
Wise's experience at the 1.5-mile quad-oval consists of one NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race, where he qualified in seventh-place and finished in 13th-place racing for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports in a Toyota Tundra last season.
"Driving in the Craftsman Truck Series was a lot of fun and it gave me an opportunity to gain some experience at tracks like Texas," said Wise, who earned two top-10 and three top-15 finishes in nine NCTS starts. "At least, I am not going there in the dark because I turned some laps there in a truck. The guys have put a really good car together and I am ready to race."