DAYTONA — Jennifer Jo Cobb failed to qualify for Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide DRIVE4C POD 300 at Daytona International Speedway, but that doesn’t erase a record-breaking effort by her in the Camping World Truck series.
The Kansas City native wrote another page in the NASCAR record book with her performance in the Next Era Energy Resources 250 on Friday night.
Cobb drove her Lilly’s Cosmetics No. 10 Ford F150 to a sixth-place finish, making her the highest-finishing female in NASCAR history. The feat also marked Cobb’s career-best finish.
“I’m so excited with what we accomplished,” Cobb said. “This finish is a testament to my team’s hard work and dedication. We don’t have near the budget that some of the other teams operate with, but we never give up. It’s like Walt Disney said, ‘It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.’”
Cobb started the race from 31st place.
NASCAR P-T-I’D OFF
Three-time NASCAR champion, and current television commentator for FOX-Sports Darrell Waltrip is furious with ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser, host of that network’s hugely popular PTI program, that airs in Canada on both TSN and TSN 2.
Kornheiser commented about the Daytona 500 qualifying last Sunday being rigged in Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s favour.
“Kornheiser needs to learn to keep his mouth shut and people maybe wouldn’t question how smart he is,” Waltrip said. “He just blurted something out that shows how little he knows about this sport. I don’t even know if he’s been to a NASCAR race or not.
“I know in the NASCAR environment today, in that garage area, we are more transparent than ever. The cars, the engines, everything about inspection and what goes on down there is viewed by everyone — crew chiefs, crew members and NASCAR inspectors.
“Maybe he could’ve said something like that 20 years ago and everybody would’ve said, ‘Yeah, I know what he’s talking about.’ That’s just not the way it is these days.
“Dale Jr. needed to be congratulated and not convicted for winning the pole. I thought it was in really poor taste. And I think a lot of people did, too.”
Earnhardt went on to lose the top spot Wednesday after wrecking the car with which he qualified.
KEEP ON TRUCKING
On the 10th anniversary of his first Daytona 500 victory, Michael Waltrip shot past Elliott Sadler at the end of a green-white-checkered-flag finish Friday night to win the NextEra Energy Resources 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
The victory in the season opener, which went three laps past its scheduled distance, was Waltrip’s first in the truck series.
Sadler crossed the line in second place, followed by Clay Rogers, Miguel Paludo and Kyle Busch.