Tyler Reddick may have fought hard for his 2nd win of the season during, as he moved past Erik Jones for the lead with just 7 laps remaining in the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway, but Jennifer Jo Cobb’s fighting mad spirit at him has gotten her in deep trouble with NASCAR officials.
Cobb was called to the infield hauler by NASCAR officials after she blatenly got out of her truck and walked out onto the track following a wreck on Lap 14, which she blamed on Reddick, despite the rule that prohibits drivers from stepping onto the racetrack to confront a competitor (s) while racing is in progress, even under yellow caution situations. The rule was instigated last year following the death of Kevin Ward Jr., who was killed when he was struck by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart’s car while walking down the track during a sprint car race in upstate New York last August. At the time, it looked as though Ward wanted a face-off with Stewart, whom he believed had caused him to crash into a wall.
“The fact that I forget is such a shame because the reason (the rule) is in place likely stems from a tragedy that none of us should forget,’’ Cobb stated afterwards.
In the meantime, Reddick denied causing the accident.
“We were in lapped traffic early on in the race,’’ he recalled after the race. “She was trying to pass another vehicle. She looked like she was going to give me three wide and then she closed the door. I slowed up to try to avoid getting into the back of her. She just got loose when I was right behind and she ended up spinning and tearing her vehicle up. It’s just a real shame,’’ he stated.
Official word of what sort of penalty will be placed upon Cobb won’t be announced before early next week.
Jennifer Jo Cobb, 41, began racing in ARCA events at Lakeside Speedway in 1991, before making her NASCAR debut in the Busch Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2004, driving the #50 Vassarette Chevrolet for Keith Coleman Racing (ending up 43rd after crashing). She later went on to create a clothing line for female race fans called Driver Boutique to fund her own racing efforts.
In 2008, Cobb competing in the Camping World Truck Series event at the Built Ford Tough 225, driving the #74 Dodge for The Annexus Group completing 144 laps, then drove the #73 Dodge for Cerrike Cope Inc. at the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 on April 27, 2009, where completed 72 laps before encountering engine trouble, After starting the race in 34th place, she finished 26th. She now drives for her own team Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing in the No. 10 Chevrolet Silverado.