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Jennifer Jo Cobb Looks To Make NASCAR History At Michigan

Jennifer Jo Cobb plans on making the upcoming weekend at Michigan a special moment in her career.

Cobb can become the second female in NASCAR history to make 50 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts. If Cobb does qualify into Saturday’s race at Michigan International Speedway, she will join Kelly Sutton as the only two females to reach this feature. Sutton is the all time leader with 54 truck series starts.

If Cobb does race Saturday, at 50 truck series starts, she will be adding more achievements to her career that dates back to 1991 racing at local tracks in Kansas City. Over the years Cobb has raced in several racing series such as ARCA, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

In 2002 Cobb made her ARCA series debut. In her debut Cobb placed 19th, with a top ten finish in her follow up race. She made nine starts with three top tens in her first three starts in 2004.

Following her performance in the ARCA Series, Cobb made her NASCAR debut in the Busch Series, now known as the Nationwide Series. Cobb made her NASCAR debut in November 2004 for Keith Coleman Racing, finishing 43rd after a crash in lap 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Four years later Cobb would make her trucks series debut at the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas.

Over a trucks series career of five years dating back to her debut in 2008, Cobb has 49 starts. In her first two years from 2008-2009, Cobb made two starts in each season.  2010 was her first full season in the series and the first full season in the No.10 truck, with 25 starts. The 2011 season featured 12 starts due to Cobb’s full time season in the Nationwide Series.

The 2012 season featured Cobb’s return to the trucks series full time. In 11 races this season, she has started in eight of them. The upcoming race at Michigan could give Cobb her 50th trucks career start.

Through out her NASCAR career, which dates back to 2004, Cobb has achieved many features in two of NASCAR’s top series. In the 2010 season, Cobb became the highest female points finisher in any of NASCAR’s top racing series, finishing 17th. The 2011 trucks season opener at Daytona gave Cobb her first top ten finish, in sixth place. Cobb’s first top ten was also NASCAR’s highest female finish until Danica Patrick finished fourth at Las Vegas the following March. In her first full Nationwide stint, Cobb finished 29th.

Cobb currently sits 30th in the Camping World Truck Series points standings.

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