Driver walks up track after wreck at Dover RELATED: NASCAR issues penalties following Dover races NASCAR issued penalties Wednesday to driver Jennifer Jo Cobb for her actions during Friday's Camping World Truck Series event at Dover International Speedway , where she walked onto the racing surface, counter to the direction of safety officials. Cobb , the owner/driver of the No. 10 Chevrolet, was fined $5,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. Cobb was sidelined after completing just 12 laps in the Lucas Oil 200 when her truck made heavy contact with the inside retaining wall on the mile-long track's frontstretch. The incident occurred shortly after eventual race winner Tyler Reddick closed quickly in an effort to put Cobb a lap down. After her truck came to rest, Cobb made several steps up from the apron of the track to express her unhappiness during the race's first caution period. When the field made another lap, Cobb again gestured toward Reddick's truck but was restrained by safety personnel. The rule regarding safety procedures after crashes is presented as a reminder during each pre-race drivers' meeting. The guidelines were formalized last August through a bulletin added to the NASCAR Rule Book shortly after a sprint car incident involving former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart and New York short track driver Kevin Ward Jr. Ward left his car to confront Stewart on foot during a caution period before he was fatally struck. The rule allows a driver to dismount before the arrival of safety crews in the event of extenuating circumstances, such as fire. Cobb's infraction came two days before a similar incident at Dover involving Sprint Cup Series driver Trevor Bayne , who emerged from his wrecked vehicle before the safety team's arrival and walked down the Turn 1 track surface after a three-car crash. Cobb and Bayne were each summoned to the NASCAR officials' hauler for consultation after the incidents. "Obviously, that's an infraction," Elton Sawyer, the Camping World Truck Series' managing director, said after Friday's 200-mile race. "We take safety very seriously and we discussed it with her, and we'll get back to the office in the R&D Center and see what the next steps are." Cobb placed last in the 32-truck field, recording her first failure to finish this season. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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NASCAR exec hints at Tuesday news; 'expects' more meetings with drivers NASCAR officials have already had post-race conversations with drivers Trevor Bayne and Jennifer Jo Cobb . On Tuesday, the sanctioning body likely will react in a more stern fashion. Bayne and Cobb exited their cars prior to the arrival of safety workers during separate races this past weekend at Dover International Speedway , a move forbidden by the sanctioning body except under extenuating emergency conditions. The rule was enacted following the death of 20-year-old Kevin Ward in August of last year during a non-NASCAR sanctioned race in New York. Ward left his car and approached three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and was struck by Stewart's car. At Dover, Cobb was involved in an accident with race leader Tyler Reddick early in Friday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event. She climbed out of her truck and walked up the track to gesture at Reddick as he and the rest of the field circled around the track under caution. RELATED: Watch Cobb's angry reaction Bayne ( Roush Fenway Racing ) was involved in a three-car incident during Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks . He dropped his safety net and exited his No. 6 Ford before the arrival of emergency workers. RELATED: Bayne crushes car at Dover "Certainly what you saw with Trevor and with Jennifer Jo -- both drivers were called to the hauler and we'll look at both of those incidents, like we always do, Tuesday, but for us it's a safety issue," Steve O’Donnell, executive vice president and chief racing development officer for NASCAR, told NASCAR.com on Monday. "We want to keep the race track as safe as possible for the competitors. You'll likely see us react to that a little bit more on Tuesday." Such incidents are considered behavioral infractions, and NASCAR officials address each situation individually. Among the penalties NASCAR may employ, if warranted, are probation, fines, suspension of the annual hard card or loss of points. The requirement to remain in one's vehicle until emergency workers arrive following an accident is reiterated during each driver's meeting prior to an event, O'Donnell said. "The drivers are required to stay in their car if they are involved in an incident, unless of course there are extenuating circumstances, i.e., the vehicle is on fire, smoke, whatever that may be," he said. "… Under no circumstances should anyone walk across the track or down to the apron." • O'Donnell said the meeting between officials and a select group of drivers Saturday evening at Dover was the result of ongoing conversations between the two parties. The two groups met to discuss several topics, including safety and the 2016 rules package for the Sprint Cup Series. Among the drivers participating were Denny Hamlin ( Joe Gibbs Racing ), Stewart ( Stewart-Haas Racing ), Dale Earnhardt Jr . ( Hendrick Motorsports ) and defending series champion Kevin Harvick (SHR). "We've always had dialogue with the drivers, probably in a more formal capacity at the beginning of the year," O'Donnell said. "We sit down with all of them in January. "If you look back over the last 12 months we formed an OEM council (consisting of representatives from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota), we've met with a lot of the tracks. This is an idea that came in discussions with the drivers to look at a little bit more of a formal driver council. "So the meeting in Dover was the first. We expect more to happen and some great dialogue not only about what's going on today in the sport, but what's really cool about our drivers is they want to talk about the future and how we work together to grow the sport." O'Donnell said there were "parameters" in place concerning the drivers allowed to participate, "but the drivers ultimately selected who could be there from their standpoint. "A really good start to just continuing to communicate with the industry. Certainly the drivers not only in a one-one-one basis, but (also) in this capacity a little bit more formalized. "We can talk candidly about some things that we see maybe down the line … that aren't fully baked and get their thoughts on it and drivers can do the same. Obviously talk about any issues they may have, but I think just as importantly … what are some future ideas that we may want to work together on? Then we go from there and involve the other stakeholders in the sport and then make decisions as we look to grow the sport going forward." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Jennifer Jo Cobb shows her displeasure with Tyler Reddick after a spin on Lap 13 at Dover International Speedway in the Lucas Oil 200.
Jennifer Jo Cobb talks on SIRIUS XM about getting a penalty at Dover International Speedway for getting out of her truck before safety crews were able to arrive on the scene.
Jennifer Jo Cobb loses a tire and makes hard contact with the wall bringing out a late caution during the Smith's 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
See where drivers finished in the race at Gateway Motorsports Park NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race - American Ethanol presents the Drivin' for Linemen 200 brought to you by Ameren Gateway Motorsports Park Madison, Illinois Saturday, June 13, 2015 1. (2) Cole Custer , Chevrolet, 160 2. (14) Spencer Gallagher #, Chevrolet, 160 3. (4) Johnny Sauter , Toyota, 160 4. (12) John H. Nemechek #, Chevrolet, 160 5. (9) Cameron Hayley #, Toyota, 160 6. (13) Timothy Peters , Toyota, 160 7. (15) Ben Kennedy , Toyota, 160 8. (6) Tyler Reddick , Ford, 160 9. (7) Daniel Hemric #, Chevrolet, 160 10. (10) Austin Theriault #, Ford, 160 11. (11) John Wes Townley , Chevrolet, 160 12. (5) Brandon Jones #, Chevrolet, 160 13. (18) Ray Black Jr . #, Chevrolet, 160 14. (20) Travis Kvapil , Chevrolet, 160 15. (17) Tyler Young , Chevrolet, 160 16. (21) Tyler Tanner , Chevrolet, 159 17. (28) Ryan Ellis , Chevrolet, 157 18. (23) Timmy Hill , Chevrolet, 157 19. (27) Jordan Anderson , Chevrolet, 156 20. (25) Jennifer Jo Cobb , Chevrolet, 156 21. (3) Matt Crafton , Toyota, Accident, 151 22. (24) Korbin Forrister #, Chevrolet, 148 23. (1) Erik Jones #, Toyota, Electrical, 145 24. (26) Tommy Regan , Chevrolet, Electrical, 108 25. (8) Matt Tifft , Toyota, Accident, 92 26. (29) Norm Benning , Chevrolet, Brakes, 56 27. (19) Justin Boston #, Toyota, Accident, 51 28. (16) Mason Mingus , Chevrolet, Accident, 51 29. (22) Justin Jennings , Chevrolet, Brakes, 26 30. (31) Michael Affarano (i), Chevrolet, Brakes, 13 31. (30) Adam Edwards , Chevrolet, Brakes, 6 32. (32) Joey Gattina, Chevrolet, Engine, 0 Average Speed of Race Winner: 96.97 mph. Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 03 Mins, 45 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.871 Seconds. Caution Flags: 6 for 35 laps. Lead Changes: 9 among 5 drivers. Lap Leaders: E. Jones # 1-55; M. Crafton 56-62; E. Jones # 63-82; M. Crafton 83-93; J. Sauter 94-97; C. Custer 98-110; E. Jones # 111-119; M. Crafton 120-150; T. Reddick 151-154; C. Custer 155-160. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): E. Jones # 3 times for 84 laps; M. Crafton 3 times for 49 laps; C. Custer 2 times for 19 laps; T. Reddick 1 time for 4 laps; J. Sauter 1 time for 4 laps. Top 10 in Points: M. Crafton - 329; T. Reddick - 317; J. Sauter - 299; E. Jones # - 296; J. Townley - 260; C. Hayley # - 254; S. Gallagher # - 251; D. Hemric # - 246; T. Peters - 245; B. Kennedy - 238.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- 2nd Chance Motorsports and Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing announced Wednesday its plans for Jennifer Jo Cobb to drive the No. 79 2nd Chance Motorsports Ford in the first five Nationwide Series races of the 2011 season. 2nd Chance Motorsports is owned by Rick and Pam Russell and together they own and operate 2nd Chance Race Parts in Mooresville, N.C. 2nd Chance Motorsports began racing in 2010 at the fall Dover race, making the field on time and running in the top 20 until the first caution. The team also raced at Kansas, Gateway, Texas and Phoenix -- qualifying for all of the races on time. In 2011, the team will continue under the Ford banner with the horsepower of Roush Yates engines under the hood. Cobb is a full-time Camping World Truck Series driver with five Nationwide Series starts. Cobb is currently the highest-finishing female competitor of any season in the history of NASCAR's three national touring series and was recently dubbed "NASCAR's Fastest Woman" in a feature on "Extreme Living" on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360. Cobb finished the 2010 Truck season 17th in points and is slated to return to the series in her No. 10 Ford, pulling double duty at Daytona by competing in both the Truck and Nationwide race. "This is an incredible opportunity for our team as we can expand into the Nationwide Series without detracting from our efforts in the Camping World Truck Series," Cobb said. "I am grateful for the commitment from 2nd Chance and that we can bring our two small teams together to shoot for better results against the myriad of multi-million dollar teams we are competing against." Cobb's truck crew chief, Steve Kuykendall, will also crew chief for 2nd Chance Motorsports and both teams will provide additional crew members for the efforts at Daytona, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Bristol and Fontana. The teams hope to continue their efforts beyond the first five races on the Nationwide schedule pending further sponsorship.
Kenny Wallace on drivers meeting with NASCAR, Aric Almirola's surge RELATED: Subscribe to NASCAR Illustrated If you're among the nearly 250,000 followers Kenny Wallace has on Twitter, you might have wondered if he was OK for much of the past week. Well, we're happy to report Herman's doing just fine after fasting from social media for a handful of days. "I read a really good book on Gandhi," he said. "He was wearing that white robe because he wanted to show people he didn't need nice clothing. He would also fast to prove things to himself and I thought that's pretty cool. I wanted to challenge myself. I didn't look at it at all, I put it away completely and I realized it's incredibly exhilarating to almost be back to normality. I am as addicted as anybody obviously and I don't like to be addicted to anything." Refreshed and recharged, Wallace offers some poignant takes on the sport’s pressing issues in this week's Herman Unplugged: NASCAR ILLUSTRATED: A select group of drivers met with NASCAR officials in Dover to discuss safety, rules packages and attendance among other things. Should fans view that as a big deal? HERMAN: "I think it's one of the biggest things that's happened in NASCAR in ages. I texted my producer at Fox Sports right away -- it kind of caught us off guard -- and said we must talk about this because it’s something that hasn't happened since, what, Curtis Turner in the 1960s? This is so different on every level because it's done during a time when everybody feel likes we need changes and that the sport is declining. The competition isn't where it needs to be and I really applaud NASCAR for sitting everybody down and Denny Hamlin , Dale Jr. and everybody coming out. I was really surprised Tony Stewart was so happy. I see this as huge news. It kind of breaks that barrier, and for me, it's the first time I've really seen NASCAR and the drivers kind of marry themselves together." NI: Jennifer Jo Cobb exited her truck on the track at Dover to show her displeasure with eventual winner Tyler Reddick after apparent contact between the two. It brought to mind the tragic Kevin Ward Jr. incident from last year. Trevor Bayne was also called to the NASCAR hauler to discuss leaving his car before safety crews arrived. What should NASCAR do as far as a standard penalty in these situations? HERMAN: "I truly believe they forgot but obviously we're gonna have to make an example out of this and I don't like it. I don't like to be made an example of and I have had that happen before. I don't know what their ruling is; it doesn't say if you get out of your car early, we'll do this to you. My thought would be maybe $1,500-2,000. That’s a lot of money to Jennifer Jo Cobb . That's a set of tires, you know? Maybe the same thing across the board, I'm not sure, but they have to set an example because we had a tragic lesson last year and we can't forget." NI: We are halfway to the Chase already and Aric Almirola is quietly having a very solid season. Tenth in points now and coming off his best finish of the season (fifth) at Dover, can the famed 43 car be a viable contender come Chase time? HERMAN: "I'm almost thinking you were in my brain yesterday. You've already covered two of the four ideas I had for our show this week. It's time we talk about Petty Enterprises and where they're at and how are they doing. They did make a big change a couple weeks ago bringing in Kevin "Bono" Manion and that was a huge deal. When you look at Petty Enterprises, there's no doubt they are a B- team. What I mean by that is Richard is a legend in this sport but he doesn't make the billions of dollars that Roger Penske or other owners that he's chasing makes. I know NASCAR loves to see this because here's a team that's competing and with an owner that's a racer. Richard, for his whole life until the day he dies, will love going to the race track. Their success gives the smaller teams a shot in the arm." NI: I thought we'd turned a corner the last three races of 2014 when viewership was up and tracks were full. That owed largely to the new Chase format. But the TV ratings lately for Cup races have not been good. Why do you think that is and how much of it was expected moving race coverage from FOX to FS1? HERMAN: "We've seen this going on for a handful of years. We even talk about it at the local dirt tracks and collectively auto racing as an entire industry is down. Kenny Schrader's track, I-55, we used to pack 'em in there 2,500 strong every Saturday, and now we're lucky if we have 600-800 people. I don't think the TV industry is doing anything wrong. My gosh, you look at any of the networks, they are covering the sport with practice, qualifying and shows. We're giving fans more TV right now than we ever have; I don't think it has anything to do with TV. I truly don't. Some of my dirt friends say, 'Everything is down in NASCAR and I say it's the same at your local short track.' And everybody gets really quiet, really quick. It's sad to say but auto racing across the board is just 50% or more down and I don't know what to do." NI: How much does it bother you as someone who works on TV each week? Is it similar to being a driver during a bad stretch when you see ratings decline and does it piss you off at all? HERMAN: "I don't take it personally because the ratings are down on other networks, too. I don't feel like they are picking on me but I feel that it's our job to always try new things. Let me be very clear about this: what we're hurting for right now is new people. NASCAR said years ago we need new young people to watch our sport. When Dale Jr. wins a race, are people lined up out the gate waiting to get into the next track? No, all we do is make his fans happy. I really think that we have to put a better product on the racetrack and I think it goes back to what we talked about at the start of this interview. We've got to change the sport; we can't just keep letting these cars go in circles for four hours." SUBSCRIBE NOW!
Teams in all three national series get docked MORE: Bayne penalized after Dover race " Cobb fined " Two NXS teams penalized NASCAR Sprint Cup Series • Trevor Bayne , driver of the No. 6 car, has received a penalty for his actions during the May 31 race ( Sections 12.1, 12.8 b and 10.4.2.1 in the 2015 NASCAR rule book). Bayne has been fined $20,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. • The No. 4 team has been assessed a P1 level penalty for receiving written warnings in two consecutive events ( Section 220.127.116.11b,c NASCAR rule book). The team will receive the last choice in the pit selection process for this weekend’s event at Pocono Raceway . NASCAR XFINITY Series • The No. 97 team has been penalized for an infraction occurring during practice on May 29. It is a P3 level penalty ( Sections 12.1 and 18.104.22.168b NASCAR rule book). Crew chief John Monsam has been fined $15,000, suspended from the next championship points race, and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. Car chief David Jones has been suspended from the next championship points race and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. Driver Peyton Sellers and owner Victor Obaika lose 15 series championship driver and owner points, respectively. • The No. 33 car failed post-race inspection on May 30. This is a P2 level penalty ( Sections 12.1 and 22.214.171.124.2b NASCAR rule book). Crew chief Nick Harrison has been fined $7,500 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. Car owner Richard Childress loses 10 series championship owner points. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series • Jennifer Jo Cobb , driver of the No. 10 truck, has received a penalty for her actions during the May 29 race ( Sections 12-1, 12.8 b and 10.4.2.1 NASCAR rule book). Cobb has been fined $5,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule