Modified driver Ted Christopher killed in plane crash

Modified driver Ted Christopher killed in plane crash

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that two people were aboard a Mooney M20C plane that went down near the North Branford-Guilford border shortly before 2 p.m. Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO, said Christopher, 59, and the plane's pilot both died.

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

Christopher also had success in stock cars, as he won 10 times in NASCAR regional stock-car Pro Series East races.

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.

Ted Christopher (No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet) was credited with a 17th place DNF in Saturday night's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) Toyota Mod Classic 150 at Oswego (NY) Speedway.

Christopher was to have competed Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway in NY.

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The racing community is mourning the loss of a veteran modified NASCAR driver, Ted Christopher, they said was one of the victims in a plane crash.

"They just described it to me and I came on scene later and then the responding officers and they heard a loud noise", said Lt. James Lovelace of the North Branford Police Department.

Mr Christopher had a 29-year career and competed at every level of the famous U.S. racing series. The FAA is investigating the crash.

Christopher's death reverberated throughout NASCAR and the racing community. Whitney said Christopher often raced at speed ways in Waterford and Thompson.

"We are all saddened to learn of the tragic plane crash this afternoon that claimed the lives of NASCAR driver Ted Christopher and the aircraft's pilot". He will be remembered as one of the greatest Modified drivers of all time. "NASCAR has his family and friends in its thoughts and prayers during this hard time".

"The sport of short-track, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Racing ... lost a legend tonight in Ted Christopher", an announcement before the race by Mr. Finan said, according to video posted online.

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