Jennifer Jo Cobb was scheduled to make her Cup Series debut at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend but NASCAR has put a hold on it.
She would have become the first female to compete in a Cup race since Danica Patrick competed in the Daytona 500 in 2018.
As per NASCAR’s rule: “Any previously approved driver who has not competed for at least one year must resubmit the Driver Information and Record application.”
Her last appearance in the Xfinity Series came in 2018 and she would have to reapply to be able to compete in a superspeedway race in Xfinity.
Additionally, the fact that she has only 11 lead-lap finishes in her 217 Truck starts didn’t play in her favour either for the decision.
Rick Ware Racing will have to find a new driver for their No. 15 car for the upcoming race. After the news, team co-owner Rick Ware said in a statement:
“We’ve been informed by the sanctioning body that Jennifer is not approved to compete in the NASCAR Cup Series event at Talladega SuperSpeedway. This is an unfortunate situation, but as a team, we support NASCAR’s decision to uphold the sanctioning body’s rules & regulations.”