Jennifer
Jo Cobb

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Jennifer started 30th of 32 cars and finished 27th after her engine went south on lap 30 of 167 at the Winstar World Casino 400.

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News

Driver Mike Harmon's story contradicts comments in affidavit of stolen hauler
Jennifer Jo Cobb Returns to Race Full Truck Series Schedule
Cobb Gambles with Better Odds in Las Vegas
Hip Chix Fundraisers Partners with JJC Racing for Several Races Cobb Returns to Driver Seat in Bristol
At Daytona, these women show plenty of drive
Three female racers left their mark on history July 23rd competing together in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Jennifer Jo Cobb, Michelle Theriault and Johanna "Jo" Long.
Jennifer Jo Cobb Gets Experience in ARCA Event
Kansas City’s Jennifer Jo Cobb to Compete in Two Kansas Speedway Races This Week

Schedule & Results

2013 Camping World Truck Series
2012 Camping World Truck Series
2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series
2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series

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Women Racers Directory, Women in Racing, Women Racers, More Women in Racing, Race Schedules, Notable Women
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Bio

Birthdate = June 12, 1973
Birth Place = Kansas City, KS
Current Home Base = Kansas City, KS
Co-Host of “Inside Motorsports” TV Show now on 4th season
Driver for ARCA Re/Max and NASCAR Busch Series - 2007
Who started you = My dad, Joe Cobb. "When Jennifer, began racing in 1991, Joe stepped back his racing efforts to get his daughter’s career off of the ground. He became car owner and crew chief for Jennifer until she began her national racing career. Joe led Jennifer to many race wins and instilled a tough work ethic, passing along advice on driving and car setup as the two prepared the cars for each race together, with the help of a dedicated crew."
Biggest influence = My dad, Joe Cobb
Women you admire = Janet Guthrie
Father's Thoughts = Joe Cobb: He supports me 100%
Your encouragement to others = If you really want it, never ever give up.

Jennifer Jo Cobb began racing in 1991 and has proven to be a tough competitor in the world of auto racing. She has numerous victories under her belt and finished in the top ten championship standings for every season she competed full-time in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series at Lakeside and I-70 Speedways in the Kansas City area.

In June 2002, Jennifer debuted in the ARCA RE/MAX Series at the Kansas Speedway, finishing a respectable 16th position. In just her second national race, she finished 9th on the lead lap (after running as high as 2nd) at Kansas Speedway on June 5th, 2004. This was Cobb's first race with a new team and car, all of which she had not been acquainted with until the race weekend. Jennifer went to Nashville Super Speedway for the first time on qualifying day and after only about an hour of practice, she qualified 9th out of 45 drivers. This was Jennifer's first time on a concrete surface track and she finished 7th on the lead lap out of 41 starters.

Chicagoland Speedway presented a new challenge when Jennifer's fuel pump failed in qualifying, which forced Jennifer to start in the back with a provisional starting spot. After starting 39th, Jennifer quickly moved up to 3rd within 60 laps. Her car encountered some minor front-end damage on the front left headlight and the lower hood during a caution which really tightened up the car and hurt the aerodynamics. However, in spite of the damage, she still held on to her 3rd consecutive top-10 finish on the lead lap.

Jennifer's success in the 2004 ARCA RE/MAX Series events led to an opportunity to make her NASCAR Busch Series debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November of 2004. Jennifer qualified 28th out of 53, including 17 full- and part-time NEXTEL Cup drivers.

Jennifer has garnered a great deal of local and national media attention. Jennifer was interviewed during the pre-race SPEED Channel Broadcast before the start of the Nashville Superspeedway ARCA RE/MAX Series Race in August 2004. She also received numerous favorable mentions and coverage during the Nashville Broadcast and the Chicagoland Speedway ARCA RE/MAX Series Broadcast. She was interviewed on ESPN Radio on Qualifying Day at Nashville and after the Kansas Speedway ARCA Race in June 2004, she was covered prominently by the NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, UPN and WB affiliate stations in Kansas City.

In 2006, Jennifer launched a clothing line specifically for female race fans called Driver Boutique (www.DriverBoutique.com ). NASCAR statistics show 75 million race fans and over 40% are female. Jennifer will use profits from Driver Boutique to fund a racing program for her own efforts as well as eventually assist other aspiring race car drivers facing funding issues.

Jennifer's fan base and popularity has grown quite a bit as well. You can find people buying and selling various versions of Jennifer's collector autograph "Hero Cards" on eBay on any given day. In addition, Jennifer gets more Internet Search Engine Searches than many NASCAR drivers that have been racing on national television for years.

Jennifer continues to hone her driving skills by testing at many tracks and working at the Richard Petty Driving Experience where she logs over 1,000 laps per weekend at many NASCAR-sanctioned racetracks, such as Daytona Int'l Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, California Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and many others.

Off of the track, Jennifer is a business professional and has a decade of marketing and advertising experience. She holds an Associates degree in Pre-Journalism is currently working on her broadcasting degree. She has been a co-host for a television program on Time Warner Cable's Metro Sports TV Channel called Inside Motorsports. In addition to appearing on the cover of the national racing magazine, Stock Car Spectacular, she has been featured on local and national radio programs and has headlined in newspapers across the country.

Jennifer is dedicated to giving back to her community through numerous school appearances and community speaking engagements. A nationally registered speaker, she has also delivered presentations to large corporate and government groups tying her racing experiences to business and life lessons. Jennifer does about 50 speaking events and appearances each year.

Jennifer's love of auto racing began with her father, Joe Cobb's, racing career. His accomplishments date back to 1976 and include hundreds of victories and awards, including a track championship and most popular driver award. Joe continues to compete in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series premier Modified division at Lakeside Speedway, a 1/2 mile dirt oval in Kansas City, Kansas.

Her career in racing, broadcasting, journalism and professional speaking has always had her in the public eye. Jennifer focuses on an athletic, healthy and active life style. Jennifer's future ambitions include competing full time in the NASCAR Busch Series, and eventually racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Snippets


Jennfier started in 33rd and through attrition, moved up to 17th at the finish at her home track in Kansas, but at least she finished 163 of the 167 laps. The next closest racer was another 3 laps behind her.

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Jennifer started and finished in the 35th spot of 36 Camping World Truck drivers at Daytona with engine problems on lap 37. (Note: 35, 36, 37) Six cautions using15 of the 100 laps and finished on a caution.

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Jennifer started 32 at Homestead and finished 31st. She finished 27th in the stadings competing in 15 of 22 races.

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Jennifer started 36th and finished 27th finishing 69 of 147 laps after retiring with rear axle problems.

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Cobb started 31st and finished 30th at Iowa in the Camping World truck series.

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Cobb started 29th and finished 22nd at Michigan International in the Camping World truck series.

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Cobb started 24th and finished 36th at Pocano in the Camping World truck series with engine problems and no laps. .

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Cobb started 36th and finished 29th at Iowa in the Camping World truck series. .

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Cobb started 36th and finished 25th at Charlotte.

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Cobb to race full 2012 Truck Series schedule.

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Cobb Gambles with Better Odds in Las Vegas.

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Hip Chix Fundraisers is pleased to announce a partnership with Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing (JJCR) that will utilize the power of NASCAR to introduce a solution for women’s charities looking to raise money for their cause.

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Cobb returns to NCWTS at Kansas

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Cobb’s Heart Breaking Bristol Rick Russell is a really a Dick

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Jennifer started 31st at Daytona and finished 6th.

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2/18/11 - Cobb posts best female finish in NASCAR trucks history.

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Big congratulations are in order for Jennifer Jo Cobb for her history making NASCAR season in the Camping World Truck Series. She now holds the position as the highest points finish for a woman in a single season. She finished 17th in the points standings for the 2010 season.

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Jennifer will drive the #10 Ford F-150 Truck in the Daytona NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Season opener.

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Jennifer Jo Cobb, owner and driver of the No. 10 Driven Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is using her solid run during this past weekend’s ARCA race as a learning experience for this Friday’s NextEra Energy Resources 250.

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Jennifer Joe Cobb started the ARCA Daytona 200 around 39th and finished in the17th spot, the second highest placing woman.

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Jennifer's 2-lap Qualifying for the 2010 ARCA Racing Series at Daytona February 6th, placed her 39 out of 47 and 5th out of 6 women.

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Jennifer just got a ride for the 2011 Chili Bowl!!!

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Jennifer Jo Cobb has officially announced her return to the famous 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway to attempt to qualify for the ARCA Racing Series.

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Jennifer tested for the 2010 ARCA Racing Series at Daytona. She was the 5th fastest woman and 28th out of 60 drivers.

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Cobb will be available to all media in the Kansas City area for in-studio Thursday (9.25.08), Sunday (9.28.08) and Monday (9.29.08). Please call to set-up interview and/or photo opportunity. Photo and Media opportunities will be held behind the No. 78 Derrike Cope Racing transporter on Friday (09.26.08) and Saturday (09.27.08) or in the media center upon request.

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Jennifer continues to seek sponsors and plans to race in select ARCA and Busch Series races in 2007 and 2008.  Jennifer's clothing line, Driver Boutique (www.DriverBoutique.com ) exclusively for female race fans launched in 2006.

News


Driver Mike Harmon's story contradicts comments in affidavit of stolen hauler


NASCAR driver Mike Harmon knew where the Jennifer Jo Cobb hauler was located and initially told police he would release it to them as long as they didn’t return it to Cobb, according to a probable cause affidavit released by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

Cobb’s hauler, which transports the Camping World Truck Series team’s racing equipment and vehicles, was stolen May 11, is part of an ongoing property dispute between Cobb and her former business partner David Novak.

Novak, who was romantically involved with Cobb before they stopped working together in 2012, claims in a lawsuit filed in federal court that Cobb took the hauler from storage at Harmon’s shop in January. His motion for an injunction against Cobb and for the return of the hauler was denied in February, and Cobb alleges in a document filed Thursday that Novak “hired others to proceed to misappropriate” property from her shop.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Novak on Saturday on an obstruction of justice charge and a charge of conspiring to commit felony larceny. According to the arrest warrant, Novak allegedly conspired with Harmon to steal the hauler and he acknowledged to a Rowan County detective that he knew where the hauler was but would not reveal its location. Novak, who lives in Illinois, has not turned himself in.

Harmon, who worked for Novak as a team manager for the Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing team in 2010, and Harmon’s girlfriend already had been arrested Wednesday on charges of felony larceny and breaking and entering. An additional charge against Harmon of obstruction of justice was added Saturday, and Harmon also was forced to give up his cell phone, which could indicate his whereabouts when the hauler was stolen at approximately 3 a.m. May 11.

Harmon, a 55-year-old driver who has nearly 200 career NASCAR starts across the truck and Nationwide series, told reporters Thursday he has paperwork that shows Novak is the one who bought the hauler and equipment from Circle Bar Racing.

When asked Thursday if he knew where the hauler was, Harmon told reporters he did not and that he was on his way back from Darlington at the time the hauler was taken.

“I guess her hauler is gone but she does not have no video of me because I was on my way back from Darlington,” Harmon said. “The truth has got to come out. It’s not me.”

Harmon was asked point-blank by reporters if it was his cab that pulled the hauler out. He said: “No.”

He also was asked if he knew what happened to the hauler: “I definitely don’t (know),” he said.

That is different from what a Rowan County police detective believes and what he testified Harmon told him.

According to a probable cause affidavit released Tuesday, a Rowan County detective testified that two days after the hauler was stolen, Harmon “indicated he knew where the car hauler was located but would not reveal that information unless I promised him it would not be returned to the victim,” according to the affidavit.

The detective said Harmon told him May 14 that he would deliver the hauler to the sheriff’s department at 8 a.m. the next day.

“Mr. Harmon did not return the car hauler … as he had promised,” the detective said in the affidavit. “I called Mr. Harmon and he stated he had changed his mind and was prepared to be arrested if necessary.”

Also according to the affidavit, Carl Long told the detective that he drove Harmon’s semi back from Darlington, that he and Harmon arrived at Harmon’s shop at 1:30 a.m. and that Harmon told him to leave the keys inside the truck.

The detective said in the affidavit that Harmon’s semi matches the video surveillance of the truck that towed Cobb’s hauler away and that a car whose license plate matches that of the car of Harmon’s girlfriend was seen at the Cobb shop at the time of the crime.

According to the warrants, the hauler and its contents – including a generator, racing equipment, television, radios, tools and clothing – were worth approximately $279,000.
Source: www.sportingnews.com/nascar/story/2013-05-21/stolen-hauler-mike-harmon-jennifer-jo-cobb-camping-world-truck-series-lawsuit

Jennifer Jo Cobb to Race Full 2012 Truck Series Schedule


Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing (JJCR) announced today plans to race the full 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule. In addition, the team will enter select NASCAR Nationwide Series events this season. For owner and driver Jennifer Jo Cobb, this marks a fresh canvas and she and her No. 10 team are more ready than ever to make a lasting impression.

The team will enter a combination of Ford and Dodge-manufactured trucks in the NCWTS and Dodge Challengers in the NNS. Cobb’s “Driven2Honor” program will adorn her vehicles until primary sponsorship is secured.

Cobb ran her first full season of NCWTS competition in 2010. She finished 17th in the championship standings that year, setting a new precedent of the modern era as the highest-finishing female in one of NASCAR’s top-three national touring series. Initial 2011 attempts to run full-time in the NNS were thwarted when the team she partnered with at the beginning of the year was unable to fulfill its obligations. Cobb’s team quickly went into action to salvage the season’s efforts, going on to make 18 of the 34 events. She also ran 12 NCWTS races, finishing a career-best sixth place at Daytona International Speedway in February. Cobb sees last year as a learning experience and plans to build on her achievements from the past two seasons.

“We sat down in the off-season and evaluated our strengths and weaknesses. We figured out what we needed to leave the same and what needed to change,” Cobb said. “We realized that we’ll be better off focusing our efforts primarily on one series, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and running a few select NASCAR Nationwide Series events. We felt like we were scrambling last season between the two series and couldn’t give our best effort in each event. For our small team, we were just spread too thin. Now we can concentrate primarily on one series and make sure that our trucks get better and better each week.”

Other changes that Cobb made in the off-season include a new race shop and three additional crew members. Steve Kuykendall is returning as Cobb’s crew chief, however, he will only lead Cobb’s NCWTS efforts allowing the team to focus on the full schedule.

“I’m so excited about how all of our changes are shaping up,” Cobb said. “We are already seeing dividends. The new shop has more equipment and resources. Our new crew members have brought lots of fresh ideas and perspectives to our organization. Our crew chief, Steve Kuykendall, is able to dial in his efforts on one program and focus on our truck team. We’re definitely more prepared and more organized heading into this season. Things are off to a great start.”

Cobb will continue with her Driven2Honor program in 2012. The program rewards female members of the military for their service by hosting them at the race track. Cobb entertained numerous women and their guests last season and aims host a female soldier/veteran at every NCWTS race this season.

“I’m very proud of our Driven2Honor program and so glad that we can continue it in 2012,” Cobb said. “We aim to honor the women of armed services with our race team. It’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ for all that they’ve sacrificed and contributed to our country. We hope to host someone at every venue this year. The program is very important to me and will always be part of our team, even if a primary sponsor takes over its space on the truck.”.
Source: femaleracingnews.com/circle_track/jennifer-jo-cobb-to-race-full-truck-series-schedule/

Cobb Gambles with Better Odds in Las Vegas


Jennifer Jo Cobb and her JJCR team continue to persevere through the many setbacks that 2011 has brought them. This past weekend’s woes at the Kansas Speedway brought the team just to the brink of shutting down. After failing to qualify for the race in her Mark One Dodge Challenger by just 2/10ths of a second, the team immediately went into crisis mode inside her hauler while designated hosts entertained the numerous sponsors and guests on hand that day.

“People don’t realize what goes on behind the scenes in taking care of a sponsor and I was devastated to let so many of my supporters down,” said Cobb. “Everyone involved was so gracious and understanding and for that, I am most appreciative.” The Mark One Dodge had an incident in first practice where the brake line sparked on a battery cable and fixing the issue cost the team much needed time to dial the car in. When second practice resumed, a faulty gear locker was discovered which took all but a few practice laps away from the Kansas City, Kansas native. Cobb states, “If it could have gone wrong, it did. We even had two crew members hurt, with one ending up in the hospital and the other with stitches - and this happened after our car was out of contention.”

With such devastation abound, missing the race and the financial payout from NASCAR was the final blow for the team. “I am a professional speaker and I whole heartedly believe in perseverance but my perseverance had run completely dry on Saturday.” That is where the story begins to turn around.

Famed Las Vegas Attorney, Glen Lerner, wanted to enter the NASCAR arena and felt Cobb and her team were the perfect match. “It is an honor to represent Glen Lerner and his elite team of attorneys,” Cobb says. “It is a boost for our team and an opportunity to introduce another new sponsor to our sport. And with Glen’s slogan: ‘In a wreck, need a check?’ he says he would like us to have a great finish, but a wreck would also get him a lot of publicity! This is going to be a fun weekend.”

Cobb is the highest finishing female in any NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event, with a 6th place posting at Daytona earlier this year and she is the highest finishing female driver in any of NASCAR’s points standings since 1949.

Hip Chix Fundraisers Partners with JJC Racing for Several Races Cobb Returns to Driver Seat in Bristol


Hip Chix Fundraisers is pleased to announce a partnership with Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing (JJCR) that will utilize the power of NASCAR to introduce a solution for women’s charities looking to raise money for their cause.

Hip Chix Fundraisers is an online, trendy, jewelry fundraising company that will sponsor Cobb in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway (Aug. 24), Atlanta Motor Speedway (Sep. 2) and Chicagoland Speedway (Sep. 16) and in the Nationwide Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway (Aug. 26), Atlanta Speedway (Sep. 3), Richmond International Raceway (Sep. 9) and Chicagoland Speedway (Sep. 17).

“Hip Chix Fundraisers is honored to be working with Jennifer Jo Cobb, who has persevered for many years to achieve her racing dreams. Jennifer will act as spokesperson to help create awareness for women’s charities that a creative and unique way to raise money exists via our online jewelry fundraiser program. Creative fundraising is an area in which Jennifer has always excelled. That, coupled with her involvement with many women’s organizations makes this a wonderful partnership opportunity”, said Danielle Molder, President of Hip Chix Fundraisers.

JJCR will be utilizing the fundraising site during the period of races from Bristol through Chicagoland to raise funds for the struggling NASCAR team. Fans can visit www.hipchixfundraisers.com and shop through the reasonably priced jewelry and proceeds of each purchase will go directly to the race team.

“Hip Chix is a great solution for our team and our fans and we’re happy to have them as our newest sponsor” said Cobb. “I am so proud to have such loyal fans who understand the plight of our small team. They are always seeking ways to help out and now we can offer a solution for them to support our team while enjoying a fun piece of jewelry for themselves or to give as a gift.”

Cobb’s Heart Breaking Bristol


Jennifer Jo Cobb in the no. 79 2nd Chance Motorsports Chevrolet never made it as far as the green flag at the start of the race. Considering herself under a five race contract to drive the car, and for which she decided to forego racing for points in the Camping World Truck Series, plus having bought the tyres for the race herself, Cobb was less than enthralled to be told by the team owner, Rick Russell, to start and then park it so the team had a good car to take to Fontana, California for next week’s race. When Cobb told Russell she was at Bristol to actually race the car the owner replied that he would ask officials to black-flag the car, something he is entitled to do. It had also been suggested to Cobb that she would be replaced at Fontana.

For Cobb starting and parking was never an option so with just a few short minutes in which to make a decision she got out of the car before the warm up laps.

Russell had chosen not to bring a pit crew to the race and was annoyed that Cobb and crew chief, Steve Kuykendall, had gathered up a crew of their own. For half of the race the car was altered to suit driver, Chris Lawson, who then drove four laps and brought the car back to the garage. $16,775 for just four laps was what they earned.

After the race Kuykendall tweeted that both he and Cobb had parted from 2nd Choice Motorsports. Cobb was unrepentant.

“After thinking about it for a few minutes, which there weren’t many, I made a decision to walk away,” Cobb said. “I thank God for giving me the strength to do that. Sometimes that is the best thing to do. I just felt like I owed it to my fans and my sponsors that I’m seeking and to NASCAR that if I say, ‘I’m here to race,’ that I go out and race.”
Source: www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2011/03/buschs-record-breaking-cobbs-heart-breaking-bristol/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheCheckeredFlag+%28The+Checkered+Flag%29&utm_content=Twitter

Cobb posts best female finish in NASCAR trucks history


Jennifer Jo Cobb of Kansas City, Kan., finished a career-best sixth — the best finish for a woman driver in NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series history — in Friday night’s race at Daytona International Speedway.

Cobb’s finish tied for the second-best result by a female driver since Sara Christian posted a fifth-place finish in 1949. Cobb, 37, also became the first woman to finish in the top 10 in any of NASCAR’s top three divisions at Daytona.

Michael Waltrip passed Elliott Sadler on the final lap of a green-white-checkered flag finish for the victory. Waltrip’s first career trucks win came 10 years to the day he won the Daytona 500 in the race his team owner, Dale Earnhardt, was killed in the race.

“It’s very emotional,” said Waltrip, who no longer races on a fulltime basis but is entered in today’s Nationwide Series race and Sunday’s Daytona 500. “God bless Dale and his family, his friends. I came here to celebrate his life, with my black truck and my (No. 15) car. I didn’t come here to celebrate a win, but this feels good. I’m thankful.”

Cobb’s previous best finish was 14th in two races last season when she finished 17th in the points standings. That was the best season by a female since Christian was 13th in NASCAR’s inaugural, six-race season of 1949.
Source: femaleracingnews.com/cobb-posts-best-female-finish-in-nascar-trucks-history/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+femaleracingnews+%28Female+Racing+News%29&utm_content=Twitter

At Daytona, these women show plenty of drive


Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment would you capture it? Or just let it slip? -- Eminem, "Lose Yourself"

After three top-10 finishes in 32 ARCA races over three seasons and getting dropped by her sponsor, Port Orange's Alli Owens made a huge leap of faith, in fact several huge leaps of faith.

Faith that her fundraising will shake loose enough money for her to make a serious run at Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season-opener at Daytona. It has raised $27,5000 -- crumbs compared to the $100,000-plus bankrolls enjoyed by some of her well-heeled competitors.

Faith in her ability to qualify on speed for the race. She's got the faith. Whether her cobbled together and serviced by crew members working for next to nothing Ford has the speed to make the field remains to be seen.

Faith that she's going to be able to withstand the disappointment of not making the race, something she didn't soft pedal. "It would be catastrophic," she said.

Across the row of haulers in the makeshift truck garage, Jennifer Jo Cobb, carrying a tray of coffee cups and food, was spending time with one of the two teams she hopes to race for this week and in the process become part of history on the big track.

If she qualifies Friday for Saturday's Nationwide Series race -- she's locked into the truck race -- Cobb will become the first woman to run two NASCAR races on the same weekend at Daytona.

Also, making the Nationwide race would jump-start Cobb's drive to compete in the series fulltime and make a run at rookie of the year honors.

Cobb, 37, is the more experienced of the two, having run five Nationwide races, 29 in the trucks and nine in ARCA dating back to 2002. Her only top 10s (three) came in ARCA in 2004.

And experience is second only to results when it comes to cutting it in the top levels of stock car racing. And the only way to get experience is to race and that's what Owens and Cobb will be seeking to do this week.

How much they want to race is personified by the tremendous lengths the 22-year-old Owens has gone to since losing her ARCA sponsorship last December and how she has rallied from the bitter disappointment of being cast adrift.

Cobb, too, is well scarred in that vein and summed up her feelings bluntly.

"Success is the best revenge," she said with a smile.

That success -- or better yet that opportunity -- is something Owens wants so bad it is driving her as hard as she has driven her race cars in the past.

And once Owens' fans became aware of her plight, they raised about $7,500 and she took if from there, using her marketing skills and her intense desire to race to raise the money she needed.

You better lose yourself . . . the moment you own it, you better never let it go. You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow This opportunity comes once in a lifetime.

Once she realized that the chance at a NASCAR ride was in front of her, she seized it and has lived it.

"Determination, it was more like here's my one shot that I have," she said. "I had to be at the shop (Ray Hackett Racing in North Carolina) with these guys, I was running to give them parts, I was turning wrenches on it. This is my effort.

"Ray Hackett has been awesome. He has the trailer, the truck and the motor. Other than that, I had to assemble these guys, put them together, get them coordinated to work (all) out of my own pocket.

"It's been hard work. And I think that it's this effort that really showed myself and my family and my fans that this is for real, this is what I want and this is how bad I want it." You can do anything you set your mind to, man

Yet the specter of failure cannot be ignored. Even though Owens has qualified for the outside of the front row at Daytona in ARCA and even though she knows she can handle Daytona, racing is racing and anything can happen.

And as much as she would prefer it not be, the possibility of not making the race has been on her mind.

"I've thought about that," she said. "I've never had to be the back runner that had to worry about making the show.

"It's hard not to think about that. I've got to think about it. (Tuesday) night when I did I just envisioned myself hearing over the radio 'OK, you just got bumped, we've got to go home.' It will destroy me as a person because I've never not made a race."

And should she make it?

"Maybe it will hit then," she said. "It hasn't hit me now because I haven't had enough time to sit and be a driver. I've been all aspects of this besides an owner."

Thanks to her perseverance and her pluck, Owens has the support.

"A whole bunch are doing this because how cool and powerful this story is," she said. "I'm just the one that's lucky enough to be the person that they're all rallying behind.

"It's the story and the fact that we all got into this sport because we love it and here's the true time to show that." This soul's escaping, through this hole that is gaping This world is mine for the taking.

That's Cobb's thinking as well. Her time is at hand and so very close -- she only needs to out-qualify one car to make the Nationwide race -- and she plans to grasp it and use it as a stepping stone to bigger things: racing in the 2012 Daytona 500.

That would certainly be a high point for Cobb, who began racing at the bottom of the totem pole in local racing in 1991 and experienced all the lows that racers do.

"I have always said . . . God planted a seed in my heart when I was a young girl that this is what I was meant to do. Through all those times, trust me I had those moments where I'm like 'are you sure this is what you want me to do?'

"I had that moment, that phase where I had to make sure, I had to give it up, I guess. I had to tell myself that it was over, that's it, I'm quitting.

"When the next opportunity came along that showed me, no, you're not meant to quit, you're meant to persevere. I have learned to look at the times that I fail as building points. I've learned to look at them as that I can be a good example for people who are struggling at something else in life. So that's what I really want my career to show, that I wasn't handed it on a silver platter . . . that you still can earn and work hard for stuff and make your dreams come true."

Just as the young woman across the row of haulers, who is attempting to do just that.

Three female racers left their mark on history July 23rd competing together in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Jennifer Jo Cobb, Michelle Theriault and Johanna "Jo" Long.


The veteran of the three racers, Jennifer Jo Cobb is currently ranked 18th in the standings and on her way to becoming the highest-ranked female in the point standings in Truck Series history.

Jennifer’s love of auto racing began with her father, Joe Cobb’s, racing career. “I race like my dad taught me early on,” Jennifer said. “You race your own line and worry about making your car or truck as fast as you can lap after lap.”

Jennifer began racing in 1991 and has proven to be a tough competitor working aggressively through the ranks in NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, ARCA RE/MAX Series, and NASCAR Busch Series.

Off of the track, Jennifer is a business professional and has almost two decades of marketing and advertising experience. She currently co-hosts a television program on Time Warner Cable’s Metro Sports TV Channel called Inside Motorsports. Jennifer is featured on local and national radio programs, and delivers presentations to large corporate and government groups tying her racing experiences to business and life lessons.

“No driver is going to race forever,” Jennifer continued. “So at the end of the day, you’d like to feel that you made a little bit of a difference and made a little bit of a mark on the sport.”

Given the tight economy and sponsorship crunch all drivers are feeling today, Jennifer has created her own fashion line to help fund her team. “One of the ways that we are trying to fund our team is through T-shirt sales through driverboutique.com and drivenmale.com, both companies that I started,” Jennifer says. “If we can get support in buying a shirt, it will allow us a little profit and bring together stylish clothes for both male and female race fans. Those t-shirt sales, believe it or not, can buy an extra tire here and there. That’s what we’re counting on right now until we can get a bigger sponsor.”

“Three women competing in Craftsmen Trucks is pretty cool,” Jennifer said. “I have said for a long time that we’re going to see more and more women in races and in the big league. It is nice to see the momentum starting to pick up for female drivers.”
Source: www.trackchic.com/wbw/index.asp?articleID=1374

Jennifer Jo Cobb Gets Experience in ARCA Event


Jennifer Jo Cobb, owner and driver of the No. 10 Driven Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is using her solid run during this past weekend’s ARCA race as a learning experience for this Friday’s NextEra Energy Resources 250.

Cobb raced from her 42nd starting position to finish 17th behind the leadership of her spotters Mike Harmon and Denise Harmon-Mixon. Cobb competed in a car entered by the Bowsher-Mooi team. Cobb not only was the second highest female finisher, but also gained valuable experience in the draft and how to maneuver through on-track incidents while gaining positions.

“The Bowsher-Mooi team really came through for me this weekend,” said Cobb. “I don’t know how we lost so much speed from the test to the race, but our finish just proves that sometimes you can run a great race by staying smart and determined.

“I owe so much to my spotters, Mike Harmon and his sister, Denise Harmon-Mixon,” continued Cobb. “They so artfully coached me through the race, and I’m grateful for such a great outcome and the team effort.”

Cobb will once again lean on the experience of Mike Harmon on Friday. Harmon overlooks the preparation of Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing in Mooresville, N.C., and the success the duo had on Saturday gives them the confidence they are looking for in Friday night’s race.

“I know Mike and the guys have put a lot of effort in to be ready for Friday,” said Cobb. “The chemistry, and everything I learned on Saturday, lessens our learning curve for this week.”
Source: ow.ly/1okoiu

Jennifer Jo Cobb Announces ARCA Racing Series Daytona Plans


Kansas City native returns to the famed race track with Bowsher Racing, Ray Mooi Racing

Jennifer Jo Cobb has officially announced her return to the famous 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway to attempt to qualify for the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards, Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 through a partnership with Bowsher Racing and Ray Mooi Racing. Cobb is currently seeking sponsorship for the #21 Chevrolet.

Cobb first attempted the Daytona ARCA race as an owner/driver in 2007 and the failed attempt created yet another setback in her racing career. “Tough times produce tough people and boy, am I tough,” jokes Cobb. “Racing at all levels takes such a combination of the right people, money and equipment. In 2007 I did not have all of those elements and it has taken me this long to regroup for a second attempt. I am most grateful for Ray Mooi for his vision and hard work in bringing us back here.”

The team attended the Daytona test in December and left with better results than anticipated. “We worked hard on getting the car comfortable and developing a good line of communication. Being that Daytona was our first time working together, I was extremely impressed with Jen’s driving abilities and determination,” said Ray Mooi. “We were able to work off each other and give her a great opportunity on the track. My overall goal was to give her the best situation possible to showcase her talents and I think we capitalized on that.” Several key team members assisted Mooi in the efforts, including: Richard Ezekiel (Zek), Joe Rhyne (who supplied the engine), Mickey Kudlicki, Jim Gardner, Gina Mooi, Ray Mooi Jr. and Mike Harmon attended the test utilizing his experience to spot for Cobb through drafting. Cobb tested 28th out of 63 teams overall at just over 180mph, with strong single car runs and even better drafting results. With several changes in mind to find even more speed, Cobb is optimistic.

The Bowsher/Mooi partnership is only the first of several endeavors Cobb has planned for 2010. Cobb will collaborate with Mike Harmon Racing to facilitate opportunities for the two independent teams to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series. Cobb will vie for NCWTS Rookie of the Year honors. “I have been working, learning and moving my way through auto racing’s big league ranks for 8 years. I have so much more to learn but I have developed a philosophy that more has to be done to ensure success up front - better equipment, people who care and investors who are willing to take a risk. We have put those elements together and I look forward to working with these teams to see how we can grow into a staple in these series’ in 2010.”

Cobb’s previous ARCA Racing Series results include three top-ten finishes in as many starts in 2004. She debuted in the series at the Kansas Speedway in 2002, finishing 16th and she has 8 overall starts in the series.

Kansas City’s Jennifer Jo Cobb to Compete in Two Kansas Speedway Races This Week (September 28, 2009)


Jennifer Jo Cobb will be attempting her 4th NASCAR Nationwide Series start as well as her 8th ARCA Re/Max Series start at her hometown track, the Kansas Speedway, this week. Cobb’s ultimate goal is to be the first woman competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in over 8 years. For now, she will focus on the next step to that lofty goal in this week’s Kansas Lottery 150 scheduled for Thursday, October 1 and the Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday, October 3.

Capitol Federal Savings will serve as the primary sponsor on Cobb’s #79 CapFed.com Dodge,for team owner Derrike Cope, Inc. with Rick Markle Racing. Cobb will have two teammates, owner/driver, Derrike Cope and the inaugural Kansas Speedway race pole sitter, Kevin Lepage.

Associate sponsors include Big Bob’s Outlet, a national flooring and furniture outlet with Kansas City origins, AutoPartsCenter.net, Holtze Executive Suites and The Gardner Family Foundation. “Big Bob’s Outlet is excited to partner with Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing, Kansas City’s hometown race team,” said Big Bob (DE or BB?) “We are looking forward to promoting this relationship on a local level while gaining national exposure for all of our franchises through this NASCAR race at the Kansas Speedway.”

Cobb certainly is no stranger to a racecar. A second generation driver, Cobb followed in the footsteps of her racing father, Joe Cobb, and quickly found success at local venues like Lakeside Speedway and I-70 Speedway. She continued that success into the ARCA RE/MAX Series, where she posted three top-10 finishes in her first five starts. Eighteen years after stepping into the cockpit of her first racecar, she finds herself amongst some of the sport’s best in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Cobb qualified successfully in each of her four NASCAR starts with Derrike Cope, Inc. during 2008 and finished each race higher than her initial qualifying position.

Cobb is a corporate sponsor’s dream spokesperson. When not competing in NASCAR; she is a nationally registered professional public speaker addressing companies locally and across the nation at a myriad of corporate events. Cobb also works as one of the top instructors for the Richard Petty Driving Experience and has logged thousands of laps at Kansas Speedway. Cobb has developed Driver Boutique; her own clothing line for female motorsports fans and www.DrivenMale.com a new clothing line for male race fans.

Cobb’s passion for racing is what has compelled her to keep pushing to realize her dream, and her determination is contagious. The challenge of being a female driver in a male-dominated sport doesn’t bother her, as she focuses on letting her performance on the track speak for itself. Cobb says, “When you are competing at this level, just to qualify for these races is so tough. I am gaining so much experience in the big leagues right in my back yard and we have caught the attention of some top level drivers and team owners already. I’m extremely excited about growing my resume and carrying on with my mission to compete at NASCAR’s top levels.”

“Other women have competed in various levels of motorsports, opening the eyes of everyone from race fans to the decision makers in the corporate boardrooms,” said Cobb. “There’s a lot of talent out there, and it’s only a matter of time until a female driver, with a strong corporate partnership, makes history out on the racetrack.” For Jennifer Jo Cobb, history continues this week at the Kansas Speedway.

Results


2013 Camping World Truck Series

Date

Track

Start
Finish
Laps
Status

Feb 22

Daytona

35
35
37/100

Engine

Apr 6

Martinsville

35
36
22/250

Clutch

Apr 14

Rockingham

34
31
187/205

Running

Apr 20

Kansas

33
17
163/167

Running

May 17

Charlotte

-
-
-

DNS

May 31

Dover

32
27
147/200

Engine

Jun 7

Texas

30
27
30/167

Engine

Jun 27

Kentucky

Jul 13

Iowa

Jul 24

Eldora

Aug 3

Pocono

Aug 17

Michigan

Aug 21

Bristol

Sep 1

Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

Sep 8

Iowa

Sep 13

Chicago

Sep 28

Las Vegas

Oct 19

Talladega

Oct 28

Martinsville

Nov 1

Texas

Nov 8

Phoenix

Nov 15

Homestead

2012 Camping World Truck Series

Date

Track

Start
Finish
Laps
Status

Feb 24

Daytona

-
-
-
DNS

Mar 31

Martinsville

34
34
95/250
Suspension

Apr 15

Rockingham

-
-
-
DNS

Apr 21

Kansas

36
25
160/167
Running

May 18

Charlotte

25
26
126/134
Running

Jun 1

Dover

33
26
137/147
Running

Jun 8

Texas

29
32
10/167
Engine

Jun 28

Kentucky

-
-
-
DNS

Jul 14

Iowa

36
29
155/200
Running

Jul 21

Chicagoland

34
23
144/150
Running

Aug 4

Pocono

24
36
0/50
Engine

Aug 18

Michigan

29
22
96/100
Running

Aug 22

Bristol

?
40
0/204
No value

Aug 31

Atlanta

-
-
-
DNS

Sep 15

Iowa

31
30
171/200
Radiator

Sep 21

Kentucky

30
16
127/134
Running

Sep 29

Las Vegas

30
28
19/146
Clutch

Oct 6

Talladega

36
27
90/94
running

Nov 2

Texas

36
27
69/147
Rear axle

Nov 9

Phoenix

-
-
-
DNS

Nov 16

Homestead

32
31
129/140
Running

2012 NASCAR Nationwide Race Stats

Date

Track

Start
Finish
Laps
Status

Mar 10

Las Vegas

37
36
72/200
Steering

Oct 10

Kansas

33
22
200/206
Running

2011 NASCAR Nationwide Race Stats

Date

Track

Start
Finish
Laps
Status

Feb 19

Daytona

120

Feb 26

Phoenix

40
32
162/200
Running

Mar 5

Las Vegas

30
31
127/200
Accident

Mar 26

Fontana

40
38
38/150
Handling

Apr 8

Texas

37
29
184/200
Running

Apr 16

Talladega

33
37
87/124
Accident

May 6

Darlington

42
32
42/147
Clutch

May 14

Dover

43
37
43/209
Axle

May 22

Iowa

40
26
238/250
Running

May 28

Charlotte

40
31
191/200
Running

Jul 8

Kentucky

29
32
169/200
Ignition

In 7 career ARCA RE/MAX Series starts since 2002, has 3 top-10 finishes including career-best 7th at Nashville Superspeedway '04. Also finished 9th at Kansas Speedway '04, 10th at Chicagoland Speedway '04, 16th at Kansas '02, 19th at Chicagoland '08, 25th at Kansas ‘07 and 33rd at Kansas '03. Career-best qualifying runs 9th at Nashville, 13th at Kansas '04 and 22nd at Kansas '02. Veteran of NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Veteran of late models, sportsman late models and pony stock divisions '92 to present. Competed in NASCAR-sanctioned late models at I-70 Speedway '00 through '01 with 4 feature wins and a career-best 2nd in overall season points '00. Top-10 points finisher in late models, sportsman & pony stocks in 10 consecutive seasons '92 through '01 at I-70, Lakeside Speedway and Mizzou Speedway. More than 12 feature wins overall. More than 50 qualifying heat wins overall. Plans to compete in partial ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule in '09.

See www.cobbracingteam.com/resume.html for details.

Jennifer to run for Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2010.

2006 - NASCAR Busch Series @ Kansas 9/30/06

2004 - ARCA Re/Max Series (3 top ten finishes) and NASCAR Busch Series debut

  • Made NASCAR Busch Series debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2004 qualifying 28th out of 53
  • • Finished in the top-10 (on the lead lap) in each 2004 race (ARCA RE/MAX Series) with a best finish of 7th (out of 41) at Nashville Super Speedway

2002 - ARCA Re/Max Series race debut

Competed in approximately 300 races over 13 Years in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series and ARCA RE/MAX Series

1991-2001 - NASCAR Weekly Racing Series

Four feature sportsman late model wins in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series and points champion runner-up

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