Former NASCAR champion sentenced to prison for meth charges

Berkeley County (SC) Detention Center (Used with permission)

Berkeley County (SC) Detention Center (Used with permission)

A former NASCAR Weekly Series National Champion began spending his first days of a three year sentence behind bars in South Carolina State prison Thursday. Robert Powell was arrested last year on charges of possession of methamphetamine. The 50 year old was sentenced by a judge in Berkeley County South Carolina Tuesday to a maximum of three years in a state prison on the meth possession charge.

Powell competed in NASCAR’s Weekly Series from 1984 to 2002 winning 111 races in 328 starts at Summerville, Florence Motor and Myrtle Beach Speedways. He won the Weekly Series title in the Atlantic division in 1988. Powell also competed in NASCAR’s second tier touring series collectively known as the Busch, then Nationwide, now Xfinity series. He entered 15 races between 1989 and 1994 compiling a record of one top five and four top five finishes without leading a lap. Powell also competed in the NASCAR All-American Challenge series, the AutoZone Elite and Southeast series.

State Investigators charged Powell in December 2014 with multiple counts of meth production, distribution, disposal of meth waste and possession. A Berkeley County grand jury indicted the Powell on March 10, 2015. South Carolina Department of Correction records show that Powell was sentenced on a single count of meth possession. MORE>>>

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