The Josh Wise-helmed Dogecar will make its third and final appearance on the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit in Sunday's Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Wise hopes to improve upon last week's subpar performance at the track where multi-car wrecks are commonplace, and the only…
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On Sunday, NASCAR will descend on Talladega Superspeedway for the Geico 500. The Chase for the Cup–NASCAR’s championship playoff–is just heating up, and all eyes are on perennial favorites Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Brad Keselowski, each of whom must pull off a miracle to avoid elimination and move on to the next round of the Chase.
But from time to time, the audience may shift its gaze to the lovably-decorated, Dogecoin-sponsored “Dogecar.” NASCAR may not seem like a target demographic for cryptocurrency, but the two spheres have developed an excellent working relationship.
The partnership of misfits began in March, when the Dogecoin community rallied to raise more than 67 million Dogecoins to sponsor Josh Wise’s #98 Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet for the spring race at Talladega Superspeedway. The Dogecar received widespread media attention, and the Dogecar roared to a 20th place finish (a very solid run for a small team). All parties considered the event a resounding success.
Josh Wise and Dogecoin decided to raise funds to allow the Dogecar to run in the October Talladega race. Wise helped design a t-shirt that mimicked the shirts his pit crew wore. They sold nearly 6,000 shirts, which was enough to sponsor the #98 for another race. However, Wise surprised the Dogecoin community by announcing he would also race the Dogecar at the June Sonoma race as a gesture of goodwill.
The Dogecar also made its way into the NASCAR All-Star race. Though Josh Wise failed to qualify for the race, the Dogecoin community rallied to vote him into the race, beating out fan-favorite Danica Patrick. Wise finished 15th in the event, which featured a low Dogefan turnout due to the limited notice that the Dogecar would participate.
Nevertheless, Dogefans don’t appear bored with NASCAR or the Dogecar. Recently, Dogecoin users voted Josh Wise The Fast and the Fabulous’ “2014 Hottest NASCAR Driver,” defeating opponent David Ragan by an embarrassing 99.41 to .59% ratio. Moreover, Josh Wise has set up a website for the Dogecar, where fans can purchase memorabilia to raise funds for Dogecar sponsorships in 2015.
Anything is possible at Talladega, and Josh Wise and the Dogecar hope to land a strong finish. But Wise will have to improve upon last week’s poor performance at Charlotte if he hopes to disrupt things at Talladega. After starting 38th, Wise spent much of the early part of the race running in the mid-30s. However, his car experienced rear gear trouble, which forced him to exit the race on his 179th lap. He placed 41st.
Thus far, the Dogecar has run well at Talladega. The drivers will not qualify until Saturday, but Wise performed well during early practice runs. At press time, Wise and the Dogecar possessed the 29th fastest lap time and speed–48.826 seconds and 196.125 miles per hour–and were 1.038 seconds off leader Clint Bowyer’s pace.
Nevertheless, Talladega has a reputation as NASCAR’s wildest and most unpredictable race track, so all bets are off once the race begins. With a lot of luck and a little Dogecar magic, Josh Wise could shake things up at Talladega–as long as he can avoid “The Big One.”
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Last modified: January 25, 2020 10:05 PM UTC