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.
Crash lap 234 on the front stretch. We got caught up in it and are stopped on the front stretch. Josh ok pic.twitter.com/1g3K3eYPqo— Phil Parsons Racing (@PPR98) May 26, 2014
Luckily, he came away unharmed, unlike the vehicle…
Looks like we’re done for the tonight. Too much body damage. Bummer for Josh and the PPR team. #NASCAR— Phil Parsons Racing (@PPR98) May 26, 2014
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.