Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

NASCAR racing driver Ted Christopher killed in plane crash

NASCAR racing driver Ted Christopher killed in plane crash

Mr. Christopher and the pilot of the plane were both casualties in the crash that occurred shortly before 2 p.m.in woods of North Brandford, Conn., according to the Hartford Courant.

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.

Christopher is considered by many to be one of the most iconic drivers in modern Northeastern racing history.

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.

Fans and drivers paid tribute to Mr. Christopher prior to Saturday's racing in Riverhead.

News of the crash spread quickly to the racing community when it was learned that veteran NASCAR Whelen Modified driver, 59-year-old Ted "Teddy" Christopher was one of the victims killed in the 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. The FAA is investigating the crash. Whitney said Christopher often raced at speed ways in Waterford and Thompson.

Christopher is one of two drivers to win the NASCAR Whelen All-Amercian Series national title and a touring series championship. He was a tough racer's racer, and his hard driving style and candid personality endeared him to short track fans throughout the country, ' France said. He will be missed throughout the racing community, in the garage and, especially, in the hearts of his many fans. Notably five time NASCAR Driver of the Year Jimmie Johnson tweeted his praise for Christopher while giving his condolences to the late driver's family.

In a Facebook post from the Speedway, they said Ted was "one of the greatest modified drivers of all time".

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