March 22, 2018

NASCAR racing driver Ted Christopher killed in plane crash

17 September 2017, 07:24 | Sandy Nunez

Race-car champion, passenger killed in plane crash

North Branford police were on the scene of a plane crash in the woods behind homes on West Street in Guilford on Saturday

According to Speed 51, Christopher died in a crash in Guilford, Conn., while on his way to a race at Riverhead Speedway in Riverhead, N.Y., where the 2008 Whelen Modified Tour champion was scheduled to compete Saturday night.

Christopher, who competed in nine of the 12 NWMT races run so far this year, is now 13th in the 2017 championship standings after this event.

He made six starts in the NASCAR Cup Series, and he earned respect throughout the NASCAR community.

Christopher is considered one of the greatest drivers ever in Northeastern racing history.

The Plainville, Conn., native was known for an aggressive style of racing and the three-tap rule maneuver. The second person on the plane has not been identified.

Police said the 2 people on board a Mooney M20C aircraft were killed when it crashed in North Branford on Saturday.

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In 2001, Christopher won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National championship.

"Instead of shedding a tear for the moment for TC, Ted Christopher, let's give him one big, giant, round of applause", Mr. Finan said to the crowd in Riverhead.

"As a championship driver on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and New England short tracks, Christopher was a throwback to NASCAR's roots", said NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France.

Ted Christopher (No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet) has 42 wins, 133 top fives and 203 top 10s in 372 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts.

Fellow race vehicle drivers paid tribute to Christopher on social media.

Christopher's death reverberated throughout NASCAR and the racing community. "He will be missed throughout the racing community". Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends, family and fans of Ted Christopher through these trying times. He will be remembered as one of the greatest Modified drivers of all time. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow competitors at this very hard time".

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