On Monday, NASCAR confirmed that Cobb has not been accredited to compete on superspeedway tracks within the Cup Sequence thus wouldn’t be making her planned debut in Rick Ware Racing’s #15 Chevrolet.
Whereas Cobb, 47, has made a mixed 247 begins within the Xfinity and Truck sequence, a NASCAR spokesman informed Autosport that Cobb is barely at present accredited to compete on superspeedways in Vans.
She beforehand had approval to compete within the Xfinity Sequence however since she has not made a begin within the sequence since 2018, she would wish to reapply for approval if she determined to run a superspeedway race in Xfinity.
In keeping with the sequence’ rule books, “Any beforehand accredited driver who has not competed for at the least one 12 months should resubmit the Driver Data and File utility.”
Among the many causes cited by NASCAR for not granting Cobb approval for her Cup debut is the actual fact she has solely 11 lead-lap finishes in her 217 Truck begins.
A NASCAR spokesman stated it was not simply in regards to the variety of begins a driver makes however what they do in these races that impacts the approval course of.
Cobb would have develop into simply the second feminine driver in NASCAR historical past who has competed in all three of NASCAR’s nationwide sequence, after Shawna Robinson was the primary to take action.
Jennifer Jo Cobb, Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing, Chevrolet Silverado Fastener Provide Firm
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Cobb, has two Xfinity and 9 Truck begins at Talladega with a greatest observe end of 11th within the 2018 Truck race.
She first competed in NASCAR within the Xfinity Sequence – then often known as the Busch Sequence – in 2004, making sporadic appearances over the subsequent few seasons, till switching over to Vans full-time along with her personal group.
Her greatest end result up to now is sixth place within the 2011 Daytona 250 season opener, though has not completed within the prime 10 since.
Rick Ware Racing launched the next assertion relating to the choice:
“We’ve been knowledgeable by the sanctioning physique that Jennifer isn’t accredited to compete within the NASCAR Cup Sequence occasion at Talladega Superspeedway.
“That is an unlucky scenario, however as a group, we help NASCAR’s determination to uphold the sanctioning physique’s guidelines and laws.”
It’s unknown who will pilot the #15 for RWR, and the automotive has been shared this 12 months by Cup veteran Derrike Cope, James Davison, Joey Gase and rookie Chris Windom up to now in 2021.