Female NASCAR Truck Series Driver Jennifer Jo Cobb Reflects on Her Career After 200th Race Start

August 21, 2020 9:43 pm

At the Daytona International Speedway road course, Jennifer Jo Cobb made her 200th NASCAR Truck Series start. Sadly, she did not have such a great day in the office, finishing 31st.

Nonetheless, her career of 200 race starts undoubtedly deserves some recognition and appreciation. In fact, she has recorded the most starts for a female driver in any series.

“There’s so many things I wish I could have accomplished in 10 years,” Cobb said. “It seems like the biggest thing I’ve accomplished is longevity. There are a lot of things that people would shake their head at when you’re in a competitive sport because we obviously are a small team. But our sponsorships are abundant – just with smaller companies.”

Admittedly, the numbers have not been kind to her recording barely one Top-10 finish. To be precise, Jennifer Jo Cobb bagged a sixth-place finish at the Daytona International Speedway in 2011.

However, she is proud of her 11th-place finish at Talladega in 2018, owing to the competitive nature of that race.

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What happened to Jennifer Jo Cobb in the NASCAR Truck Series race?

As it turned out, Cobb led on the restart with 30 laps to go but got swallowed up in the pack. She can take comfort in the fact that she proved her mettle.

She knows that she is far from competitive, owing to her small-team budget. Nonetheless, she is still trying to be competitive, though with more realistic targets in mind.

“I remember coming down pit road my rookie year and (NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron) Hornaday beating all over my back bumper and I smiled because I knew, he was teaching me,” Cobb said.

“I was going too slow. And he was telling me, you need to go faster. And then I’d go to him after the race and say, ‘Sorry, but I learned from that one’.”

Dhruv George

Dhruv George is an author for the Formula One and NASCAR division of EssentiallySports. He is a life-long F1 and MotoGP fan and recently began to follow NASCAR, developing a liking for McLaren and Carlos Sainz Jr. He graduated from Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai, with a PG Diploma in Journalism and now lives in Trivandrum.

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