No. 4- No. 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford
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Josh Wise and his No. 98 Phil Parsons Racing team were a feel good story a season ago after his impressive run to get into the Daytona 500. Last season he finished fifth in the first Budweiser Duel race locking him into his second Daytona 500 and the team may need to have some of those heroics again in 2015.
Last season the team ran all the races and finished 37th in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner point standings. However, 2014 will be remembered as the season Wise was voted into the All-Star race over Danica Patrick. He immediately gained popularity from that point forward and it helped get the team some well needed recognition.
Now it would be a great story just for Wise and his Phil Parsons Racing team just to make the Daytona 500. The team’s owner points from 2014 may not be good enough to get them into the field. Their qualifying time on Sunday will not help them at all either. The team qualified a disappointing 46th out of 49 cars and now has to race their way into the Daytona 500.
The good thing is Wise has been in this situation twice before and has made the Daytona 500 both times. Phil Parsons Racing also has a good track record at plate tracks. Wise’s 24th finish in 2014 came a year after driver Michael McDowell brought the team to a ninth place finish in the 2013 running of the Daytona 500.