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Jennifer Jo Cobb on Josh White: ‘It’s Important for Drivers of All Backgrounds to Represent NASCAR’

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From the outside, NASCAR is seen as the most patriotic sport in the United States of America. From the inside, the same notion passes to Jennifer Cobb Racing.

That will be sure to continue in the Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway when the Camping World Truck Series team will give U.S. Marine Corps. Veteran Josh White a shot at his first NASCAR start at the legendary half-mile track.

Attempting to field the first Marine to qualify for a national NASCAR start, Cobb says it is important to have drivers of all backgrounds in the sport of NASCAR.

“So many racecar drivers began racing when they were children,” Cobb told Rubbings Racing. “The majority of big-league NASCAR drivers today were bred to be in the sport.† I think it is important for drivers of all backgrounds to represent the sport. I would never want someone to feel as if it were too late for him or her to pursue a racing career – that means focusing on the military or even on college can come first.

“I believe that future generations need real role models to look up to and I think that many kids think NASCAR drivers are cool – well, a NASCAR driver that is also a Marine takes that cool factor to a whole new level.”

Led by Cobb, the Truck Series team may not yet have the equipment necessary to win races, but they continue to showcase their patriotism by supporting Driven2Honor.org, a non-profit corporation founded by Cobb in 2011.

Putting 25-year-old White in the No. 10 Chevrolet, Cobb understands the difficulties that will face the rookie when he makes his first laps on the Virginian track.

“It will be important for Josh to show improvement throughout practice and qualifying without making too many mistakes,” she said. “If he spins out, I will be sure to tell him that every rookie driver I have brought to Martinsville does it and I do it every other time Iím on that track.

“When you are chasing speed in older equipment it happens and the key is to shake it off and know that you have found your limit.”

Cobb, with 130 series starts, including eight at Martinsville, will be coaching White throughout the weekend.

“I will definitely be by his side and encourage him to seek advice from other drivers as well,” she said. “It is rewarding to work with new drivers and be able to pay forward what past veteran drivers have done for me.”

With four or more drivers failing to qualify for the last three Martinsville races, Cobb says there will be a further opportunity for White even if he fails to make the show.

“It will be amazing if he can make the race and have a clean finish,” she said. “If he does not make the race, we will give him another shot at a future event because Martinsville is by far the toughest field of the year to break into.”

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About Zach Catanzareti

Zach Catanzareti serves as a Contributing Writer in the NASCAR department for Rubbings Racing and can be followed on Twitter (@zachracing) for the latest NASCAR updates. A native of Easton, Pennsylvania, he also follows IndyCar and Formula 1.

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2 Comments

  1. David Pack

    October 8, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Great article! Thanks!

  2. Rick Davis

    October 9, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Nice article.

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