Jennifer Jo hits the desert and experiences love at first sight with the new racing surface.
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.
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.
When times get tough, JJC's wonderful fans have her back as she learned this week in Texas.
JJC walks the track and discovers some cracks, plus she takes her team bowling.
Discover little-known facts, learn offseason plans for six NCWTS drivers Photo credit: Ivan Veldhuizen/NASCAR Illustrated This month, we found out more about six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitors and what they planned to do in the offseason. 1) Norm Benning (63) From Level Green, Pennsylvania, 20 miles east of Pittsburgh. "Nobody has ever heard of it, so I just say I'm from Pittsburgh." Worked as corporate pilot. "I've been flying since I was in my 20s. I never flew commercial but I did get an offer from United." Races on a shoestring budget. "It's actually embarrassing. I can't buy the tires I need to compete." Offseason plans: "I'll get some flying in and I'd like to go snow skiing. When I get done with that, I'm going to reorganize the race shop." 2) Johnny Sauter (36) From tiny Necedah, Wisconsin. Recently moved from North Carolina to Madison. "I had enough of the unbearable hot summer months." One of 12 children. "I'm No. 10. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world." Father Jim, who died Nov. 1, 2014, was a respected racer. Would Jim give Johnny a break on the track? "I don't think it’s in our [blood] to let somebody have a free pass." Offseason plans: "I look forward to doing the things I used to do when I was a kid — snowmobiling, ice fishing, skiing." 3) Joey Coulter (24) From Miami Springs, Florida — family full of Dolphins fans. "My mom has gone to every home game since 1972." Business major at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. "I changed majors from engineering. It was hard to balance racing with studying to become an engineer." Will marry fellow racer/UNCC grad Jessica Green during offseason. "We met while we were racing in Florida." Longtime scuba diver. "I went diving in the Florida Keys right after the last race of the season. It's what I grew up doing before I even thought about racing." MORE: Coulter transitions to new role with GMS Racing 4) Timothy Peters (34) Won track championships at Orange County (North Carolina) Speedway in 2003 and edged Denny Hamlin for title at South Boston (Virginia) in 2004. "Hard work pays off. Winning one championship is hard enough, so to win multiple is something to hold your head high about." Enjoys fishing. "When I get the chance, I like to fish — bluegill and crappie mostly." Offseason plans: "Spending time with my wife Sara and my son Brantley. I love being around my family, so I try to spend as much time with them as possible." 5) Matt Crafton (38) From Tulare, California, home of two-time decathlon gold medalist Bob Mathias (1948 and 1952). Raced go-karts and late models against Cup champ Kevin Harvick . "He was a year older and I raced with him some." Favorite hobby is tearing up the sand dunes. "I went soon after the season ended and try to do it three or four times a year." First driver to win two straight Truck Series titles. "It's definitely a feather in the cap." Offseason plans: "Going out to the desert and hanging out with friends." 6) Jennifer Jo Cobb (41) From Kansas City, Kansas. "No matter the day, you can always find something to do." Former instructor at Petty driving school. "Twelve hours a day in the car kept me in shape." Has pet rabbit. "I named him Chanel — he's really soft and luxurious — and then found out he was a boy and changed it to Chanelo." Engaged to engineer/crew chief Eddie Troconis. "A potential wedding date is 10-10-2015 — which is cool, 10 being my truck number." Founded Driven2Honor to honor women in the military. "I've met some incredible women since starting the program." SUBSCRIBE NOW!
Find out which drivers are piloting each car for full-time teams Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Vote: Ultimate Daytona Challenge RELATED: Full-time driver trackers for Sprint Cup Series " XFINITY Series Car # Driver Manufacturer Team/Owner 02 Tyler Young Chevrolet Young's Motorsports 05 John Wes Townley Chevrolet Athenian Motorsports 07 Ray Black Jr. Chevrolet SS Green Light Racing 1 Donnie Neuenberger Chevrolet MAKE Motorsports 4 Erik Jones Toyota Kyle Busch Motorsports 6 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 8 John Hunter Nemechek/ Joe Nemechek Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Chevrolet/RAM/Ford Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing 11 Ben Kennedy Toyota Red Horse Racing 13 Cameron Hayley Toyota ThorSport Racing 14 Daniel Hemric Chevrolet NTS Motorsports 15 Mason Mingus Chevrolet Billy Boat Motorsports 17 Timothy Peters Toyota Red Horse Racing 19 Tyler Reddick Ford Brad Keselowski Racing 23 Spencer Gallagher Chevrolet GMS Racing 29 Brad Keselowski/Joey Logano/Austin Theriault/Ryan Blaney Ford Brad Keselowski Racing 31 James Buescher/Other drivers Chevrolet NTS Motorsports 33 Brandon Jones/ Ty Dillon/Austin Dillon Chevrolet GMS Racing 50 Cody Ware Chevrolet MAKE Motorsports 51 Kyle Busch/Daniel Suarez/Matt Tifft Toyota Kyle Busch Motorsports 54 Justin Boston Toyota Kyle Busch Motorsports 88 Matt Crafton Toyota ThorSport Racing 94 Travis Kvapil/ Wendell Chavous Chevrolet Premium Motorsports 98 Johnny Sauter Toyota ThorSport Racing 99 Bryan Silas Chevrolet T3R2 Text goes here
First Hispanic woman to start U.S. national series race backs into wall at Kansas RELATED: NASCAR celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month MORE: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today After becoming the first Hispanic female driver to run a NASCAR national series race in the United States, Milka Duno spun and backed into the wall in Turn 2 on the third lap of the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday. She retired from the race in 40th place. "What I think is that I was in the outside line, and I lost a little downforce on the back and then I lost it into the wall," said a disappointed Duno, who said she tentatively hopes to return for the series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . "It was so bad because even with just a few laps, I was having a good race and passing cars outside. I was feeling a little more confident, I think, and then I lost the car." Duno, who hails from Caracas, Venezuela, qualified 34th and is the 18th different female driver to make a NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Driving the No. 29 RAB Racing Toyota Camry for car owner Robby Benton, her third attempt was the charm. The 42-year-old had previously attempted to make the field at Bristol Motor Speedway in August and last weekend at Dover International Speedway . A former IndyCar and ARCA Racing Series driver, Duno has eight major sportscar race wins in the American Le Mans Series and the Rolex GRAND-AM Series and a runner-up result in the 24 Hours at Daytona, the highest finish ever by a woman. In 2007, she became the first Hispanic woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500. Mara Reyes became the first Hispanic female driver in a national series race when she ran the 2005 Nationwide race in Mexico City. Reyes started 39th and finished 35th in the inaugural race at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Two women ran Saturday's Nationwide event as Jennifer Jo Cobb made the race as well. It will be Cobb's season debut in the series. She has five previous series starts at Kansas, posting a best finish of 22nd in 2012. Pre race @kansasspeedway w @milkaduno - she is a sweet soul. pic.twitter.com/gCWOnaL260 — Jennifer Jo Cobb (@JenJoCobb) October 4, 2014 MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See where your favorite driver will pit in the Lucas Oil 225 (Sat., 7 p.m. ET, FS2) RELATED: Full starting lineup for Lucas Oil 225 The pit stall assignments are out for the Lucas Oil 225 (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 2) at Chicagoland Speedway and polesitter Johnny Sauter got his pick of spots on pit road. Sauter enters the race as the Camping World Truck Series points leader and he will occupy the pit stall closest to the exit of pit road. He will also have an opening in front of him to exit pit road. Brennan Newberry (starting second), Jeb Burton (starting third), Austin Dillon (starting fourth), Darrell Wallace Jr. (starting sixth), Kyle Busch (starting seventh), Timothy Peters (starting 10th), Joey Coulter (starting 11th), Tyler Reddick (starting 12th), Joe Nemechek (starting 14th), John Wes Townley (starting 15th), Ben Kennedy (starting 17th), Jennifer Jo Cobb (starting 21st) and Norm Benning (starting 29th) all have openings in front of them on pit road. Caleb Roark has the pit stall closest to the pit road entrance. Busch is the defending race winner at Chicagoland but he will start at the rear of the field because of a driver change. Erik Jones ran the truck in practice while Busch was in downtown Chicago for Chase Media Day activities. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: NASCAR Chase Grid games WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
The series' 20th race of the season is at Texas Motor Speedway Entry # Driver Owner Crew chief Manufacturer Sponsor 1 0 Caleb Roark Kenneth Grimes Michael Stewart 14 Chevrolet Grimes Irrigation & Construction 2 02 Tyler Young Randy Young Bryan Berry 14 Chevrolet Randco/Young's Building Systems 3 05 John Wes Townley Tony Townley Michael Shelton 14 Toyota Zaxby's 4 6 Norm Benning Norm Benning Kevin Dargie 14 Chevrolet TBA 5 07 B J McLeod Ken Smith Doug Weddle 14 Chevrolet BlankHood.com 6 08 Jimmy Weller Bobby Dotter Jason Miller 14 Chevrolet ScubaLife / NASE WorldWide 7 8 Joe Nemechek Sidney Mauldin Jerry Babb 14 Toyota swmtx.com/Slovacek's Sausage 8 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Jennifer Jo Cobb Steve Kuykendall 14 Chevrolet Grimes Irrigation & Construction 9 13 Jeb Burton Duke Thorson Jeriod Prince 14 Toyota TBA 10 115 Mason Mingus Billy Boat Ben Leslie 14 Chevrolet 811 Call Before You Dig 11 17 Timothy Peters Tom Deloach Marcus Richmond II 14 Toyota Red Horse Racing 12 19 Tyler Reddick Brad Keselowski Doug Randolph 14 Ford DrawTite 13 21 Joey Coulter Maurice Gallagher Jr Jeff Stankiewicz 14 Chevrolet Allegiant Travel 14 23 Max Gresham Maurice Gallagher Jr Ryan London 14 Chevrolet AmWins Group, Inc. 15 29 Ryan Blaney Brad Keselowski Chad Kendrick 14 Ford Cooper Standard 16 30 Cameron Hayley Steve Turner Shannon Rursch 14 Chevrolet Cabinets by Hayley 17 31 Ben Kennedy Steve Turner Doug George 14 Chevrolet Heater.com 18 32 Tayler Malsam Harry Scott Jr Mike Hillman Jr 14 Chevrolet Outerwall 19 35 TBA Kevin Cywinski Mark Rette 14 Toyota TBA 20 136 Blake Koch(i) Beverly Mittler Michael Mittler 14 Chevrolet Mittler Bros Machine & Tool/LG Seeds/Ski Soda 21 50 T J Bell Mark Beaver Tim Sliva 14 Chevrolet TBA 22 51 Kyle Busch(i) Kyle Busch Eric Phillips 14 Toyota ToyotaCare 23 54 Darrell Wallace Jr Kyle Busch Jerry Baxter 14 Toyota 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Wendell Scott 24 63 Justin Jennings Michael Mittler Michael Mittler 14 Chevrolet Mittler Bros Machine & Tool/LG Seeds/Ski Soda 25 74 Mike Harmon(i) Mike Harmon Gary Ritter 14 Chevrolet John II Concrete Const. 26 77 German Quiroga Tom Deloach Butch Hylton 14 Toyota OtterBox 27 88 Matt Crafton Rhonda Thorson Carl Joiner 14 Toyota Goof Off/Menards 28 98 Johnny Sauter Mike Curb Jeff Hensley 14 Toyota Smokey Mountain/Curb Records 29 99 Bryan Silas Chris Baluch Cal Boprey 14 Chevrolet TBD (i) equals ineligible for driver championship points Text goes here MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView