Modified driver Ted Christopher killed in plane crash


A "legendary" NASCAR racing driver has died in a small plane crash in CT.

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France, released a public statement on Christopher's sudden passing Saturday.

Ted Christopher, 59, was a passenger in the plane that went down into woods just before 2pm on Saturday. "He was a tough racer's racer, and his hard driving style and candid personality endeared him to short track fans throughout the country". With 10 career victories, Teddy is one of New Hampshire Motor Speedway's most prolific drivers.

'May Ted rest in peace.

Christopher captured 13 track championships and competed at every level of NASCAR. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Christopher family, and all those impacted by this tragic loss'.

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The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.

He briefly made a foray into the top three series of NASCAR, making 29 starts between the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series from 1996 to 2006.

The Facebook page for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park posted a tribute to Christopher on Saturday evening, after racing website Speed51 reported that a family member had confirmed to them that Christopher had died in the crash earlier that day.

Christopher, the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Tour Modified champion, was scheduled to compete in Saturday night's race at Riverhead (New York) Raceway. Ted Christopher was the gold standard when it came to short track racing, specifically the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

"Absolute definition of a racer", racer Alex Bowman tweeted. Track officials planned to honor Christopher by having his auto driven for a ceremonial lap followed by a moment of silence.