Jo Cobb Slapped on the wrist BUT no real Penalty

NASCAR issued penalties Wednesday to driver Jennifer Jo Cobb for her actions during Friday's Camping World Truck Series event at Dover International Speedway, where she walked onto the racing surface, counter to the direction of safety officials.

Cobb, the owner/driver of the No. 10 Chevrolet, was fined $5,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31.

Cobb was sidelined after completing just 12 laps in the Lucas Oil 200 when her truck made heavy contact with the inside retaining wall on the mile-long track's frontstretch. The incident occurred shortly after eventual race winner Tyler Reddick closed quickly in an effort to put Cobb a lap down.

After her truck came to rest, Cobb made several steps up from the apron of the track to express her unhappiness during the race's first caution period. When the field made another lap, Cobb again gestured toward Reddick's truck but was restrained by safety personnel.

The rule regarding safety procedures after crashes is presented as a reminder during each pre-race drivers' meeting. The guidelines were formalized last August through a bulletin added to the NASCAR Rule Book shortly after a sprint car incident involving former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart and New York short track driver Kevin Ward Jr. Ward left his car to confront Stewart on foot during a caution period before he was fatally struck.

The rule allows a driver to dismount before the arrival of safety crews in the event of extenuating circumstances, such as fire.

Cobb's infraction came two days before a similar incident at Dover involving Sprint Cup Series driver Trevor Bayne, who emerged from his wrecked vehicle before the safety team's arrival and walked down the Turn 1 track surface after a three-car crash. Cobb and Bayne were each summoned to the NASCAR officials' hauler for consultation after the incidents.

"Obviously, that's an infraction," Elton Sawyer, the Camping World Truck Series' managing director, said after Friday's 200-mile race. "We take safety very seriously and we discussed it with her, and we'll get back to the office in the R&D Center and see what the next steps are."

Cobb placed last in the 32-truck field, recording her first failure to finish this season.