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20th place at Talladega, 1st in Dogecoin’s hearts.
He captured Dogecoin’s heart in the process.
Dogecoin, if you’ve not been following this ordeal and missed the Aaron’s 499 race at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, is an online cryptocurrency—not that different from Bitcoin—that takes the Shiba Inu Doge meme as its mascot, and is used more to tip other people and sponsor charities than to purchase goods. The Dogecoin community crowdfunded driver Josh Wise’s #98 car for the Aaron’s 499, making it the first-ever meme-themed car at a NASCAR race.
“[I’m] super thankful for all they did,” Wise told the Daily Dot Monday. “Hope we can do it some more!”
Wise said he was disappointed to qualify at 36th on Saturday. But he finished a respectable 20 out of 43 at the race, ahead of NASCAR powerhouses like Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Tony Stewart. He only had one better finish in his six-year NASCAR career: 19th place at the same race the year before.
He had a handful of close calls with crashing cars, which were breathlessly reported by dogecoiners, many of whom were watching their first-ever race. They did, of course, turn them into gifs. (Wise is in the black car with the giant dog face on the hood)
And here’s Wise passing fan-favorite Danica Patrick, who finished 22nd:
Reddit’s r/dogecoin community was effusive. “No matter what you want to believe, dogecoin was a joke. Somehow, it stopped being a joke,” redditor TortoiseWrath wrote. “Now I’m watching a NASCAR race for the second time in my life. Six months ago, this community did not exist.”
And yes, they captured the most glorious detail of the day: the fact that the back of Wise’s car displayed that iconic Doge face, whose complexity of expression—is she angry? Surprised? Saying “Wow”?—rivals the Mona Lisa. Some of the highest paid and most talented drivers in the world, when stuck behind Wise in intense driving situations, had to stare at the back of that.
This story has been updated to include Wise’s comments.
Photo via techbirmingham/ Curtis Palmer (CC BY 2.0). Remix by Jason Reed.
A former senior politics reporter for the Daily Dot, Kevin Collier focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, and issues of importance to the open internet. Since leaving the Daily Dot in March 2016, he has served as a reporter for Vocativ and a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed.