Wise on the Rise, Looking for Best Finish of ’13

Driver Eager to Race at ‘Comfortable’ Richmond

STATESVILLE, N.C. (April 24, 2013) – Josh Wise is still relatively new to the Sprint Cup circuit, having just 42 races under his belt.  But he’s raced enough at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway to feel comfortable on the three-quarter-mile oval and looks forward to this weekend’s 300-miler.

Wise and his No. 35 MDS Transport Ford team are coming off a 26th-place finish at Kansas Speedway, equaling their best finish of the year and best of Wise’s young Cup career.  He’ll look to top that result Saturday night at Richmond, when the Sprint Cup cars go racing under the lights at the always-fast short track.
Saturday night’s race will be Wise’s third Sprint Cup start at Richmond.  He also has seven Nationwide Series starts to his credit at the track, including a top-10 finish.

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Comments from MDS Transport team driver Josh Wise heading to Richmond:

“Richmond is always fun, for sure.  It’s one of my favorite tracks and one of the coolest tracks on the circuit we go to.  And night racing is always exciting.  I’m pretty eager to get there.  I got to run there a couple times last year and I’ve run a few Nationwide races there.  I feel like it’s a track that I feel really comfortable going to, so it’s good for me.

“It’s a short track but it’s wide, and even though the bottom lane will be the dominant lane, you can get the higher lanes working and run side by side and things like that.  There’s a lot of tire management.  I think everybody likes when the tires wear and fall off and you fight forward drive and things like that there, so it’s a great place to go.

“I’m proud of our No. 35 team for our race last week at Kansas.  We finished 26th, which equaled our best finish of the season, and best of my Cup career, and shows that we are making progress.  We’re still a really young team.  A lot of these teams in the garage have been working together for years and years, with a lot of the same core people over all those years.  We’re still pretty young as a group, but I like the progress we’re making and the things we’re learning and I think it’s really starting to show on track.

About Front Row Motorsports:

Front Row Motorsports fields the No. 34 of David Ragan, the No. 38 of David Gilliland and the No. 35 of Josh Wise in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  The team is owned by Bob Jenkins and is headquartered just outside of Charlotte, N.C.  In 2012, FRM was named to INC Magazine’s “INC 5000” list, recognizing the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., earning a rank of 800. Its partnership base is representative of more than $200 billion of the U.S. economy and includes organizations such as Ford Motor Company, CSX Transportation, Love’s Travel Stops, McCall Farms, Taco Bell, and Long John Silver’s. For sponsorship inquiries, contact Robin Johnson at rjohnson@frontrowmotorsports.com or Mike Laheta at mlaheta@frontrowmotorsports.com.



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