NASCAR Truck Series driver Jennifer Jo Cobb says she feels “in danger” after rival driver Mike Harmon was charged with stealing her team trailer, valued at $279,000.
Harmon turned himself into the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department and posted $10,000 bond. He says he’s innocent and claims he was at a race in Darlington, SC on the Saturday when the trailer was taken from Cobb’s team shop, according to USA Today Sports.
While Harmon has to appear in court Friday morning, he’s still planning to race against Cobb this weekend, which doesn’t sit too well with her.
“I absolutely feel in danger,” Cobb said Thursday. “Some of the things he’s been saying to the media. I heard there was a quote about going for the jugular. What does that mean? And somebody who is looking at a felony theft, what means would they go through?”
Per the Associated Press:
At the crux of the matter is an ongoing dispute between Cobb and her former business partner at JJC Racing, David Novak, over rightful ownership of the trailer and other racing equipment. They parted ways last December and remain in litigation.
In February, Novak made news when he had a team van confiscated from Cobb in Daytona Beach, Fla., while she was making a public appearance with her race team, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. According the report, Novak claimed he was the rightful owner to the van and supplied police with documents showing he had made payments and held the insurance on the van.
Novak, who lives in Chicago, could not be reached for comment Thursday. Harmon said he is in the middle of the quarrel because he helped set up the joint venture between Cobb and Novak in 2010. Harmon said he helped Novak retrieve the trailer from Cobb last December and it was taken to a site in Denver, N.C.