Former driver Jeremy Mayfield arrested on drug charges

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Ex-NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield, barred from the association since 2009 for a failed drug test, was arrested at his western North Carolina home and charged with possession of methamphetamine, and police said Wednesday he might face more charges.

Mayfield was arrested Tuesday night and charged with possessing 1.5 grams of meth, according to records from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Mayfield, 42, posted $3,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in district court on Wednesday. A call to the clerk’s office in Newton was not immediately returned Wednesday afternoon.

Detectives from neighboring Lincoln County said roughly $100,000 worth of items that belonged to businesses in that county were also found at Mayfield’s home, and they plan to charge him with possession of stolen goods.

UNDER OBSERVATION: NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick has been hospitalized to treat injuries he suffered when his private plane ran off the runway during a landing.

Hendrick Motorsports said Wednesday an evaluation in Charlotte showed Hendrick had four broken ribs and a broken shoulder. He was admitted Tuesday to a hospital to better manage his pain, and is expected to be released by the end of the week.

REACHING OUT: Race tracks and drivers are going back in history to create a future in NASCAR.

One of the pillars of success was the accessibility of its drivers. Tracks have asked drivers to be more willing to sign autographs and make appearances, and so far, many have obliged.

Phoenix International Raceway got Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer to lead a group of drivers who will sign autographs before the Kobalt Tools 500 on Nov. 13.

Phoenix is just one track that has created autograph sessions in 2011. Fans with tickets to Saturday’s Wypall 200 for the Nationwide Series and Sunday’s 500-mile main event can get autographs before the Nationwide race.


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