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Former NASCAR National Champion arrested for possession, intent to distribute

NBC 2 Charleston

A former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion was arrested earlier this month for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to various news reports.

Robert Powell, 53, won the weekly series championship back in 1988. He also was an occasional driver in what is now the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He last competed in a race on May 25 in a street stock at Concord Speedway.

The arrest took place on August 19 when officers responded to a disturbance at a Holiday Inn in Summerville, South Carolina. Powell and girlfriend Amanda Fox ran when approached by the officers but were eventually apprehended.

The incident report stated that a brown powdered substance was found and Powell and tested positive for heroin. Fox was also charged with possession with intent and failure to comply with a lawful order.

Powell previously served a three-year sentence after being charged in December 2014 with multiple counts of meth production, distribution, disposal of meth waste and possession. He was indicted on March 2015.

Powell was the youngest All-American Series champion when he won it back in 1988. He also won the Martinsville 300 in 1999. His father, Charlie was a dirt ace across the Carolinas and his older brother, Charles, also won track championships across the region.

Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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