Jennifer Jo CobbSo, I have to tell you guys something. Jennifer Jo Cobb is my new hero. I couldn’t respect this woman more. She has a passion for racing that is obvious and deep. I spoke with her at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, well before the brouhaha occurred at Bristol, and it was clear to me then that she wasn’t someone that was casual or wishy-washy about her racing career.

When I asked her about the goals she has set for herself in the NASCAR Nationwide Series she answered without hesitation. “Win Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year,” said Jennifer, “And improve my position each and every week to become a respectable competitor in this series.”

I really, really hope that she can be as successful as she wants to be in NASCAR. We need more strong women in NASCAR, not just behind the scenes and in support roles, but also on the track.

What is your favorite word? Fabulous (Me: Good answer!)

What is your least favorite word? Can’t

What turns you on? Going very, very fast

What turns you off? Going very, very slow

What sound or noise do you love? The engine of a race car

What sound or noise do you hate? The alarm clock

What is your favorite curse word? I say “Freaking” more than anything.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? CIA. Sometimes I think about what I do as a living and I’m like, “Does it matter? Is it making a difference? Or is it all just fun?” And so I think I would love to work this hard, as hard as we work, for a mission that really counts for something. It has a beginning, it has an end, it has a “mission accomplished.” (Me: I think that what you do is very inspiring to other female drivers) I’ve been thinking that lately, especially my story. I hope it provides hope for people. So maybe that gives what I do a little more meaning.

What profession would you not like to do? EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). I wouldn’t want to put my hands in someone else’s blood.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Oh, this is easy. I want to know where all the things I have lost have gone. But what would I want to hear him say? Job well done.

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