NASCAR driver Josh Wise will drive the Dogecoin car again thanks to two new fundraisers


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The Internet’s favorite cryptocurrency race car will return to NASCAR’s Talladega Speedway after more than 5,000 fans scooped up a newly released official “Dogecrew” T-shirt, reports NASCAR.com. The T-shirt sales, along with donations prompted on the social networking site Reddit, helped raise more than $55,000, the amount necessary to sponsor the Dogecoin car. Josh Wise will once again be behind the wheel of a Shibu Inu clad No. 98 Chevrolet, operated by the race team of Phil Parsons Racing.

And good thing for Wise. The doge — the Internet meme featuring a philosopher dog and not an old ruler of Venice — might be Wise’s lucky charm. In his first race sponsored by Dogecoin via the social media site Reddit, Wise finished in 20th place. His newly found popularity even earned him an entry into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with a top prize of $1 million. (He won the fan vote, beating out such luminaries as Danica Patrick.) He finished in 15th place and a earned a $70,000 pay day.

Last Sunday, however, when Wise got into a non-doge decked out car at the Coca Cola 600 in Charlotte, things didn’t go so swimmingly. He got caught up in a crash after Marcos Ambrose spun out, which caused Brian Scott to nudge Danica Patrick’s blew her wheel out car into the wall.

Luckily, he came away unharmed, unlike the vehicle…

But don’t stay “much sad” for long. Along with the T-shirt sales, an online racing game called iRacing is holding its own fundraiser for the return of Wise’s Dogecoin car. The race-simulator game is encouraging its players to support what it calls the “underdog” in NASCAR by making in-game purchases of select virtual goods and referring new members to purchase iRacing memberships. You won’t get a T-shirt, but you could win a “VIP Honorary Pit Crew Experience.” Phil Parsons Racing’s Web site has more detailed information.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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