Jennifer Jo Cobb in dispute involving team van, van gets repossessed then returned


Jennifer Jo Cobb is hoping to compete in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona. While racing at Daytona may be the highlight of the week for Cobb’s team it may not equal the drama from Wednesday night.

The Daytona Beach News Journal detailed the story of Cobb’s van which was repossessed while the team was at a promotional event.

Cobb, who owns JJC Racing and will run Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway, said she did not think the van had been repossessed or taken by David Novak, whom she is in litigation with over the ownership of the team, according to the report.

Soon after the van was discovered missing — between 8 and 9 p.m. — Ponce Inlet police were contacted by Novak, who said he is the rightful owner of the van as well as JJC Racing.

Novak told police he did have someone repossess the van because Cobb has no right to it, according to the report. He supplied police with documents showing he had been making payments on the van and holds the insurance on it.

Novak cut ties “personally and professionally” with Cobb last December, according to a statement he released last year. He attributed the decision to differences in opinions and business practices.

Cobb’s crew found the van at a home in Daytona Beach on Ekana Circle. Daytona Beach police responded to the home on Ekana Circle at about 11:10 p.m. Wednesday and spoke with Denise Mixon who works for Novak, according to a Daytona Beach police report. Mixon said she and a man named Terry Watkins were instructed by Novak to take back the van. After parking the van in the home’s garage, Mixon received a call from Novak who said someone on Cobb’s crew needed medication from inside the van, according to the report.

Mixon went to get the medication, and as the garage door was opening, several people rushed in and attempted to take back the van. Mixon said a man named Eddie Troconis (crew chief of the #6 Eddie Sharp Racing entry) jumped into the driver’s seat and tried to back the van out while the garage door was still opening, damaging the garage door and van in the process, according to the report. The van was returned to Cobb as the registered owner. No one was charged in the van incident

Cobb posted the following on her Facebook page.

This is interesting news, considering the police gave us the van back. People are loco. This battle will get ugly, folks… so just brace yourselves. We are ready.

Qualifying for the truck race takes place at 1:30 pm EST and can be seen on SPEED. The race broadcast starts at 7:30 pm EST on SPEED.

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