Harmon released on bond after arrest

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Harmon released on bond after arrest

NASCAR driver Mike Harmon answered arrest warrants Monday, turning himself in to authorities in Shelby, N.C.

The 55-year-old driver was released on a $10,000 bond shortly after additional warrants were issued earlier in the day by the Rowan County sheriff's office for both Harmon and business partner David Novak. Both were charged with breaking and entering and larceny.

Warrants for Harmon were previously executed in May for breaking and entering a motor vehicle and felony larceny in connection with the December 2012 theft of race equipment belonging to rival Jennifer Jo Cobb. He was released on bond.

Novak is a former business associate of Cobb's who now is aligned with Harmon. Novak has filed suit against Cobb in U.S. District Court in a dispute over ownership of the assets of JJC Racing, which the two former partners formed before the 2010 season.

Harmon said May 15 through his Twitter account that he was not involved in the theft. "I want it known that I have never stolen so much as a piece of bubble gum in my life," he tweeted.

Harmon is an occasional competitor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide series. He last raced May 31 at Dover in the truck tour, finishing 32nd.

Cobb currently ranks 27th in the Truck Series points, having failed to qualify for one of the seven races this year. Her best finish this season is 17th at Kansas Speedway in April.