Jennifer Jo Cobb not approved by NASCAR to run Talladega Cup race

NASCAR rejected approval for Jennifer Jo Cobb to drive in Sunday’s Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway, requiring Rick Ware Racing to discover another chauffeur for the No. 15 automobile.

The group revealed April 13 that Cobb would make her Cup launching in the No. 15 automobile at Talladega Superspeedway. She would have been the very first woman to complete in a Cup race given that Danica Patrick drove in the 2018 Daytona 500.

Area 3.11.1.1.b of the Cup Guideline Reserve states that motorists need to detail their previous racing experience to the NASCAR Resume Committee, which will figure out if the chauffeur is authorized for competitors.

The guideline likewise mentions: “Any previously approved driver who has not competed for at least one year must resubmit the Driver Information and Record application.”

Due To The Fact That Cobb had actually not completed in Cup, she needed to send for approval for that series.

Cobb’s restricted Xfinity begins in the last few years and her efficiency raised problems although she has actually made 217 Outdoor camping World Truck Series begins, consisting of 9 starts at Talladega. Cobb’s finest surface in a Truck at Talladega was 11th in 2018. She has actually been with underfunded groups in her profession.

Cobb has one top-10 surface in the Truck Series. That can be found in 2011. She put 6th in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway.

She has actually made 3 Xfinity begins given that 2016 and none given that 2018. Her last Xfinity start was April 28, 2018 at Talladega. She completed 29th in the 40-car field. Her just other Xfinity start at Talladega remained in 2011. She completed 37th in the 43-automobile field for car owner Rick Ware. She was removed in a 21-car crash.

NASCAR has actually aimed to enhance its requirements for each series, especially Cup in the last few years.

In 2018, NASCAR allowed Tanner Berryhill to complete in the last 2 Cup races, consisting of the champion race, although he had actually never ever begun a Cup race previously and had last run in the Xfinity Series in 2014. Concerns were raised about enabling any chauffeur with such restricted NASCAR experience in the last few years to complete in a Cup race, not to mention a playoff occasion.

Berryhill, driving for an underfunded group making its 2nd series start, completed 31st at Phoenix after triggering 2 care flags, one for a spin and another for a mishap. He went to the surface the following week in the title race at Miami and put 38th.

Previously this season, NASCAR allowed previous 1990 Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope to complete in the season-opening race although the 62-year-old had not run in a Cup race given that 2018. Cope gotten approved for the Daytona 500 and made his 428th Cup start. He was removed in a crash after 3 laps.

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