Though they didn’t make the Daytona 500, Josh Wise and The Motorsports Group are committed to running this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series — and beyond.
Speaking to The Racing Experts, Wise confirmed the No. 30’s entry this weekend, with intent to run as many races as possible this season despite the team’s lack of a charter that will ensure entry into every race, meaning Wise will have to qualify his way in each week.
“We’re going to go to Atlanta,” Wise told The Racing Experts. “Hopefully we go and we can make races, find some sponsorship and just keep plugging away.”
TMG’s decision comes as the field in the Cup Series has shrunk from 43 to 40 cars, with just four spots up for grabs for non-charter teams on a weekly basis. Ryan Blaney and the Wood Bros. No. 21 have already announced their intent to run a full season despite the lack of a charter, along with Premium Motorsports’ No. 98.
The decision may work out in TMG’s favor. At press time, 39 cars are entered at Atlanta, meaning all drivers will make the race regardless of qualifying effort.
Wise failed to qualify for the Daytona 500 last week after failing to run a quick enough qualifying lap or race his way in via the Can-Am Duels. Four teams in all were sent home.
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