Josh Wise and the Dogecoin Car Finish 15th in the NASCAR All-Star Race
The ultimate underdoge story didn’t have the ultimate underdoge ending but for a little team that often doesn’t have sponsorship, this weekend had to have been the best in their history. Josh Wise and the #98 Dogecoin car of Phil Parsons Racing toppled Danica Patrick in the All-Star Fan Vote to qualify for the All-Star Race and came home 15th in the 23 car field.
Wise finished 18th in the All-Star Showdown qualifying race but was still able to transfer to the All-Star race by winning the fan vote. While there were accusations from Danica fans, NASCAR media members and even Dale Jr. of voting improprieties, NASCAR and /r/Dogecoin said that the various security features of the vote, including Captchas, prevented bot voting so the vote result was legitimate. Just the same, Fox said during their All-Star qualifying show that Wise won the vote “handily.”
Wise spent most of the race battling with David Ragan near the back of the pack. That did keep him out of trouble as there were a few wrecks during the race that he was able to avoid. Surviving the carnage got Wise into the top fifteen by the end of the event.
In total, Wise and Phil Parsons Racing earned about $113,000 in winnings from the weekend. Their Showdown performance was worth $27,000 while 15th in the All-Star Race earned them $86,400. Considering that sponsorship of the team cost /r/Dogecoin about $55,000, that’s two races worth of money for the team from an exhibition race. For most teams, that’s chump change. For PPR, this money is a bog deal.
Wise revealed before the race that he and Phil Parsons agreed that 10% of their All-Star Race winnings would go to a charity of /r/NASCAR and /r/Dogecoin’s choice. Here’s a team that could use that money and they’re giving it away to someone who could use it more.
And even though he made the All-Star Race through the fan vote and held on to the tail end of the field despite running in the worst funded car on the grid, Wise, Phil Parsons Racing and Dogecoin was mocked by a few NASCAR media personalities on Twitter. To them I say: This was about a good-hearted community coming together to support an underdoge team and that team giving back to the community for their support.
In a world of so much negativity, this is one of the great positive stories. The Dogecoin community hasn’t just supported a small NASCAR team but funded the Jamaican bobsled team’s effort to get to Sochi and raised money to help Kenyans get clean drinking water. Laugh at Dogecoin, Josh Wise and Phil Parsons all you want, they’re doing more to make a difference than most NASCAR fans and media combined.
By the way, there are official Dogecoin crew t-shirts available for sale. If Shibes buy 5,000 of them, the proceeds will go towards sponsoring the #98 car for another race this season. Yes, I’ve already bought one.