Subway Firecracker 250 - Qualifying

Report: Criminal charges against NASCAR driver Mike Harmon dropped


You remember Mike Harmon and Jennifer Jo Cobb from earlier this year, right?

The journeyman NASCAR driver was alleged to have stolen Cobb’s race transporter, vehicle and other equipment in the spring. Equipment from Harmon’s garage was later seized by authorities.

Per a report from The Sporting News’ Bob Pockrass, larceny charges against Harmon have been dropped. Those charges were dropped on Friday by the Rowan County (N.C.) district attorney’s office.

Neither driver would really merit the news coverage on their own for on-track performance.

In 2013, Harmon has started seven Nationwide Series races (best finish of 17th at Daytona in February) and 10 Camping World Truck Series races (best finish 22nd at Talladega earlier this month), while Cobb has 14 Truck starts (best finish 17th of Kansas in April) and a solitary Nationwide start this year.

F1 Paddock Pass: Russian Grand Prix (VIDEO)

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The latest episode of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass has arrived from Sochi – the latest updates from NBC’s Will Buxton and Jason Swales on the ground in Russia.

In part one (linked above), Buxton chats with Romain Grosjean, Daniil Kvyat, Carlos Sainz Jr. and Felipe Massa prior to the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. Massa says the long straightaways at the track suit his car.

Part two (linked below) Buxton sees talk with Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton discusses the win total battle between he and Sebastian Vettel, as Vettel scored his 42nd career win at Singapore, and Hamilton banked his 41st at Suzuka.

Third free practice runs tomorrow at 5 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra before qualifying at 8 a.m. ET.

Massa leads wet Russian Grand Prix second practice

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Only eight drivers took time during the second free practice session at the Russian Grand Prix, which saw Felipe Massa at the top of the timesheets at 2:00.458 for Williams.

It was a completely wet session with minimal running throughout the 90-minute session, as standing water was present throughout the Sochi Autodrom.

The remaining runners who took times were Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen, Fernando Alonso, Daniil Kvyat, Carlos Sainz Jr. and Jenson Button.

All told, with Friday morning’s first free practice also in tricky conditions, it was an essentially lost day of running for the teams.

FP3 is tomorrow morning at 5 a.m. ET before qualifying at 8 a.m. ET, the latter on NBCSN and both on NBC Sports Live Extra.