Investigators serve search warrant, seize items from NASCAR driver’s shop

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Rowan County Sheriff’s investigators seized race cars and other items from NASCAR driver Mike Harmon’s Mooresville shop they believe belong to competitor Jennifer Jo Cobb. The two have been embroiled in a dispute over equipment for weeks.
Local officials initially charged Harmon, 59, with larceny and breaking and entering a motor vehicle. Harmon, a driver for the Camping Word Truck Series, is accused of the theft of a 53-foot race car hauler belonging to JJC Racing. Cobb also races in the Camping World Truck Series.
The Rowan Sheriff’s Office, assisted by Mooresville Police Department and the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles served a search warrant at Harmon’s Loma Hill Court shop where they seized three vehicles, including two race cars and one race truck. Investigators also seized four race trucks from a storage facility in the 3500 block of Mount Pleasant Road, in Sherrills Ford.
The investigation is ongoing and investigators will confer with the Rowan County District Attorney’s Office once the investigation is complete.
Harmon maintains his innocence and claims no involvement in the theft, however, Rowan investigators say he acknowledged he knew the location of the trailer and promised to return it on May 14. Harmon’s girlfriend, Sheila Rae Rice, 38, was also charged in connection with the theft. Cobb’s former business partner, David E. Novak, 45, of Ilinois, was charged a week ago for his involvement. See Thursday’s Post for more information.