Jennifer Jo Cobb was set to become the first woman driver since 2018
Jennifer Jo Cobb has 226 starts across the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Truck Series. However, she’s yet to make an appearance at the highest level of the sport, the NASCAR Cup Series.
That was set to change this weekend. Cobb signed a deal with Rick Ware Racing to field her debut in the series via the No. 15 machine.
As of Sunday, the 47-year-old released a video promoting her upcoming debut in the NASCAR Cup Series. The video featured Country music singer Tori Martin.
NASCAR denies Jennifer Jo Cobb
However, NASCAR informed the team that Jennifer Jo Cobb is not eligible to compete in the NASCAR Cup Series. Her entry will not be accepted.
Previously, Cobb was approved for Cup competition, that was several years ago. However, without running a race, enough time passed that she needed to re-apply.
NASCAR has stated that the reason for denying the entry is performance based.
Jenn Jo Cobb made her NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in 2004. She’s run 31 races with 0 top-10s. Her last start in the series came in 2018.
Cobb also has 14 years of experience in the NASCAR Truck Series. After 217 starts, she’s collected a single top-10 finish which came in 2011 at Daytona, she finished 6th.
The driver has run all six NASCAR Truck Series races this season. So far, she has an average finished of 31st.
Rick Ware Racing comments
“We’ve been informed by the sanctioning body that Jennifer is not approved to compete in the NASCAR Cup Series event at Talladega Superspeedway this coming weekend,” Rick Ware said in a statement.
He added, “This is an unfortunate situation, but as a team we support NASCAR’s decision to uphold the sanctioning bodies rules and regulations.”