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Josh Wise and his No. 98 Phil Parsons Racing Dogecoin Chevrolet will be in the field for tonight’s Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His team won the Sprint Fan Vote after a groundswell of support from the Reddit.com community.

"I'm still trying to wrap my head around it I guess,” said Josh Wise. “This is huge for me and our team. This started with a 16-year-old kid posting something on Reddit.com about some good runs that we had had. And for whatever reason, this huge, awesome community just got behind us."

Car owner Phil Parsons was pleased to see the Reddit community continue its support for his team after users raised money to sponsor the car at the race in Talladega earlier this month.

"It's amazing the power of the internet and of the community, the Reddit community,” said Parson. “It's amazing when they get together what they are able to do. They said, "Hey, let's keep this thing going. Let's keep this role going. Josh has embraced the Reddit community. We've both done AMA's, Ask Me Anything, on Reddit. And they said, “What do you think about launching a campaign to vote Josh into the All-Star Race?"

Before Friday night’s Sprint Showdown, 19 drivers had qualified for the All-Star race. Clint Bowyer and A.J. Allmendinger will join Josh Wise in tonight’s race after finishing first and second in the Showdown.

In the end, Wise believes the vote means more to the entire sport than just his team.

"It's kind of big deal for our sport,” he said. “I felt like because it's a lot of young kids and people from around the world. I've had the chance to interact with a lot of them, and there's a lot of people had never watched a NASCAR race, who have now watched several. So, it's a cool deal."

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