A man who had promised to bring racing back to North Wilkesboro Speedway and create a resort there was sent to prison Tuesday afternoon after a judge in Wilkes Superior Court revoked his probation.

Charles William Collins Jr., 44, who came to Wilkes from Georgia, entered no contest pleas on April 23, 2010 to eight counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and one count of felony worthless check.

Judge Lindsay R. Davis of Greensboro revoked Collins’ probation on one count of obtaining property by false pretenses, ordering him to serve not less than eight months nor more than 12 months in prison. He continued his supervised probation in the rest of the cases.

Collins was given credit for time he spent in jail awaiting his probation hearing.

In the 2010 hearing, Collins was sentenced by Judge Moses Massey of Surry County to a total of not less than 32 nor more than 40 months in prison. Massey suspended the sentences, placing Collins on supervised probation for 48 months, with intensive supervised probation for the first six months.

Collins was ordered to pay more than $11,800 in restitution to his victims, including April Leigh Myers, United Beverage Company, Streamers Party Supply, Boone Enterprises and Waggles Pet Supply.

The judge also ordered that Collins spend a total of 285 days active in the Wilkes County Jail, but gave him credit for the 288 days he’s already been incarcerated while awaiting trial.

After being sentenced in 2010, Collins was extradited to Florida, where he was given a prison term for similar charges. He was released from prison on July 15, but instead of reporting to North Carolina to finish his supervised probation, Collins went with a truck driver to Missouri. He was arrested there on the North Carolina probation violation and held in the Wilkes County Jail.

Collins testified Tuesday that he was homeless after being released from prison in Florida and went with the trucker, who promised to eventually give him a ride to North Carolina. Collins said he had planned to report to the probation office here as soon as he got to North Carolina.

Bill Lyons, his probation officer, said he had Collins arrested because he had absconded to Missouri.

Prosecuting for the state Tuesday was Assistant District Attorney Kisa Posey and representing Collins was attorney Rob Crumpton, who also represented him in 2010.

In the spring of 2009, Collins leased the speedway, which is owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc. of Charlotte. The lease was terminated upon his arrest in July 2009.

Collins had said he planned to host the AWESOME racing series featuring female drivers. His stated plans were to tape the racing series to be broadcast as a reality television show. He also announced plans for a tractor pull and several concerts featuring major artists, though no event was ever held.

In addition, Collins said he planned to hold a driving school at the track for those wanting to become racecar drivers.

Collins said he planned to improve and expand the tract, buying the facility from Speedway Motorsports. He said he would build an 18-hole golf course designed by Arnold Palmer, a hotel, an RV park, a “space needle” with two revolving restaurants and other facilities.

Collins never paid for or picked up building permits from county officials, which were needed before major construction could begin.

Collins hosted an open house at the speedway on May 8, 2009, but paid attendance was reportedly less than 20 people.

Det. Tim Pardue of the Wilkes Sheriff’s Department summarized evidence in the case during the 2010 sentencing hearing.

Ms. Myers, who lives in Welcome, paid Collins more than $2,000 to participate in the racing school and signed a contract. When the racing school didn’t materialize, she asked for her money back and Collins wrote her a total of 4 four checks to cover it, Pardue said. All of the checks bounced.

Waggles, Streamers and United Beverage gave Collins money for advertising that never materialized, Pardue said. Collins also wrote a bad check to Boone Enterprises for carnival equipment rental.

Ms. Myers, who has been racing for four years, told the judge that sponsors put up money so that she could attend the driving school Collins offered. Tearful, she said it is now difficult for her to get sponsors, leaving her to cover racing expenses out of her own pocket.

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