KANSAS CITY NATIVE REFLECTS ON NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES DEBUT KANSAS CITY, KS (April 30, 2008) -- Entering a new series in NASCAR can be a bit daunting. But Jennifer Jo Cobb embraced her opportunity to debut in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck...
KANSAS CITY NATIVE REFLECTS ON NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES DEBUT
KANSAS CITY, KS (April 30, 2008) -- Entering a new series in NASCAR can be a bit daunting. But Jennifer Jo Cobb embraced her opportunity to debut in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and was greeted by throngs of supporters in the garage, in the stands, and in the media. Although a 33rd place finish due to a broken valve spring in the engine wasn't what she'd envisioned, her desire to hop into the cockpit of a truck has only increased.
"We're obviously very disappointed that we weren't able to complete the race and that the engine didn't have the horsepower we'd hoped, but this is a brand new race team and we're thrilled to have made this first step," said Cobb. "I'm very thankful to Derrike Cope Inc. for giving me the opportunity to race at Kansas, and I hope the splash we made here, along with my teammate Michelle Theriault will open up the eyes of some sponsors, so we can compete in more races this season."
Cobb piloted the #74 Annexus Group Dodge Ram for Derrike Cope Inc., teamed up with Cope's #73 Dodge Ram driven by Michelle Theriault. Together, both drivers turned many a head in the garage, with the fans, and sparked the curiosity of numerous reporters. Questions about a multi-female team arising in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series began to stir, including a buzz about Cope's intentions to move his racing nieces, Amber and Angela Cope, through the ranks of NASCAR and ARCA/ReMAX Series.
"A lot of questions have been raised about females making a strong impact in NASCAR," said Cobb. "I don't think it's a matter of if, rather when, they'll make their presence known. Our team is poised, and ready, to appeal to a broad demographic of fans and consumers...all that's missing is that key sponsor who is ready to capitalize on the exposure this momentum is generating."