Jennifer Jo Cobb

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Jennifer Jo Cobb
Jennifer Jo Cobb2014.jpg
Cobb at Kansas Speedway in 2014
Born (1973-06-12) June 12, 1973 (age 41)
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
27 races run over 8 years
2013 position 124th
Best finish 29th (2011)
First race 2004 Ford 300 (Homestead)
Last race 2014 Kansas Lottery 300 (Kansas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
93 races run over 7 years
Truck no., team No. 10 (JJC Racing)
2014 position 16th
Best finish 16th (2014)
First race 2008 O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 (Kansas)
Last race 2014 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of November 14, 2014.

Jennifer Jo Cobb (born June 12, 1973 in Kansas City, Kansas)[1] is an American race-car driver and team owner. She has competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series along with the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and currently competes in the latter series, driving for her own team (Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing) in the No. 10 Chevrolet Silverado.

History[edit]

She started racing in 1991 at Lakeside Speedway. Her father, Joe Cobb, races at Lakeside Speedway in the modified division. Since 2002, she has made 9 starts in the ARCA Racing Series, including 3 top-10s in 3 starts in 2004 while driving for Keith Murt.

In 2004, Cobb made her NASCAR debut in the Busch Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway. She drove the #50 Vassarette Chevrolet for Keith Coleman Racing and finished 43rd due to a crash on lap 2.

In 2006, Cobb created a line of clothing for female race fans called Driver Boutique. Proceeds from the sales of this line go towards her racing efforts, and she has attempted to qualify for various Busch and ARCA races in 2007 with the Driver Boutique sponsorship.

On July 19, 2008 she competed in the Camping World Truck Series event at the Built Ford Tough 225. She started in 35th and finished 26 driving the #74 Dodge for The Annexus Group completing 144 laps. On April 27, 2009 she competed at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 driving the #73 Dodge for Derrike Cope Inc. She started 34th and completed 72 laps before experiencing engine trouble, finishing 26th out of 35 drivers winning a purse of $10,680.

In 2010, Cobb announced that she would run full time in the truck series, after purchasing the assets of the #10 truck team from Rick Crawford, whose Circle Bar Racing downsized from a two-truck operation to one — Crawford's own #14.[2]

In addition to the Trucks, Cobb is negotiating the purchase of a NASCAR Nationwide Series car to compete in 4 or 5 NNS events for 2010. Her long range goals include entering the NASCAR Sprint Cup series sometime within the next two to three years.[3]

In 2010, Cobb became the highest female points finisher in history in any of the three major NASCAR Series to that time, achieving 17th place.[4]

Cobb's 2010 truck at Atlanta
Cobb's #13 Nationwide car at Road America in 2011
Cobb's 2013 truck at Rockingham Speedway

For 2011, Cobb continued racing her own #10 truck full time in the Camping World Truck Series, and also drove the first 5 races in the Nationwide Series in the #79 for 2nd Chance Motorsports.[5] Cobb later announced that she would run the full season with 2nd Chance Motorsports in the #79 and run for Rookie of the Year. Cobb became the highest finishing female in Truck Series history by finishing 6th at the 2011 NextEra Energy Resources 250. She later gave her truck's owners points to Chase Mattioli and his team while she also started her own driver development program with Cody Cambensy planning to drive in the Truck Series in 2011. She later left 2nd Chance Motorsports after a dispute with owner Rick Russell over whether to start and park after losing their second car at Las Vegas. Rick Ware Racing later gave her a ride in his #41.

In early 2011, Cobb for her own team called Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing and partnered with U.S. Army Family and MWR Command [6] to launch Driven 2 Honor, a promotion honoring women in the U.S. Military. Jennifer hosted 2 female service members and their guests at the first 5 Nationwide races of the 2011 NASCAR season.

In 2012 Cobb ran the entire Camping World Truck Series schedule in the No. 10, along with selected Nationwide Series races in the No. 13.[7] She returned to the Camping World Truck Series for 2013.

For the 2014 season Cobb is again running in the Truck Series in her own #10 Chevrolet Silverado. The team began the season with a 21st place finish in the NextEra Energy Resources 250. At the SFP 250 Cobb raced to 13th place which earned her highest finish of the season, she then had another strong run at the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (Charlotte) finishing 16th. However since that 16th place finish, the team has seen a decline in performance as they have only managed to eclipse a best of 20th on three different occasions (Dover, Kentucky, and Michigan).

Cobb also ran one race in the #87 car for Rick Ware Racing at the Kansas Lottery 300 finishing 24th, which was her first Nationwide Series start of 2014.

Legal issues[edit]

On May 15, 2013, Mike Harmon was arrested and charged with stealing a hauler and racing equipment belonging to Cobb, in association with his sister and Cobb's former partner Dave Novak; Harmon stated that he was innocent.[8] On May 28, officials from the Rowan County Sheriff's Office seized five Camping World Truck Series trucks and two Nationwide Series cars, which were stated as belonging to Cobb, from Harmon's garage.[9]

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