Modified star Ted Christopher, 59, killed in plane crash in CT


Modified star Ted Christopher, 59, killed in plane crash in CT

A legend of short-track racing, Ted Christopher of Plainville, Conn. was killed in a plane crash Saturday in CT while en route to Riverhead Raceway where he was scheduled to compete in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship race, according to NASCAR. There is no update on the status of the other person in the plane. "He will be missed throughout the racing community".

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 will be remembered as one of the greatest Modified drivers of all time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Christopher family, and all those impacted by this tragic loss'. The cause of the accident is still being investigated.

North Branford Police have not released details on where the plane was coming from and where it was headed. In 2006, he was selected as one of the top 25 drivers in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history.

Christopher was not excessively involved in NASCAR's top three series, competing in just six career Cup Series races with a top finish of 31st place, 21 career Busch (now Xfinity) Series races with a top finish of 8th place and two career Truck Series races with a top finish of 7th place.

Before a race tonight at Waterford Speedbowl, General Manager, George Whitney said racers followed Christopher's #13 auto as it was driven around the track twice in remembrance of the driver killed in the crash this afternoon.

Before a race tonight at Waterford Speedbowl, General Manager, George Whitney said racers followed Christopher's #13 auto as it was driven around the track twice in remembrance of the driver killed in the crash this afternoon.

Fellow driver Dale Earnhardt Jr tweeted that he was a legend.

"Absolute definition of a racer", racer Alex Bowman tweeted.

Traffic officials at Riverhead Raceway planned a tribute to Christopher by having his auto driven for a ceremonial lap and a moment of silence from fans.