By AMANDA VINCENT
Josh Wise is slated to return to the seat in the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford for Sunday’s CampingWorld.com 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, displacing Brett Moffitt, who has been the primary driver of the No. 34 as of late. Regan Smith started the 2015 season in the No. 34 but has since moved over to Michael Waltrip Racing to drive the No. 55 Toyota in which Brian Vickers started the season before being sidelined by a medical issue.
“I had been talking with Front Row for awhile about running a race with them this year, and I think Talladega was a good fit,” Wise said. “The team has the capability to win there, so I was excited when it came together. I always enjoyed working with (crew chief) Derrick Finley. I think we work really well together. And a lot of the same team guys and shop guys are still there from when I ran in the No. 35. It was cool when I went by the shop this week. It was like returning home.”
By driving the No. 34 at Talladega, Wise will be a teammate to Cole Whitt, driver of the No. 35 formerly driven by Wise, and David Gilliland in the No. 38. Wise drove for FRM in 2012 and 2013. He moved on to Phil Parsons Racing in 2014 and was still with that team when it merged into Premium Motorsports earlier this year. He left Premium Motorsports after the July race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. He has since raced a partial schedule for the No. 32 Go FAS Racing team.
Wise has competed in 22 of the 31 races, so far, this season, posting one top-10 at Talladega on May 3.
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