Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

NASCAR Short Track Legend Ted Christopher Dies In Plane Crash

Ted Christopher celebrates victory in an SK Modified feature Sept. 10 at Thompson Speedway Ted Christopher celebrates victory in an SK Modified feature Sept. 10 at Thompson Speedway
Kristopher Love | 17 September, 2017, 16:53

Ted Christopher, who won 48 NASCAR Modified Series races and whose racing success included hundreds of feature wins in the Northeast, died in a plane crash Saturday in CT.

NASCAR champion Ted Christopher passed away Saturday after being involved in a plane crash in CT. He was one of two people on board a plane that went down in Guilford, Connecticut, Saturday afternoon.

News 8 will update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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

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.

On the Whelen tour and on New England short tracks, "Christopher was a throwback to NASCAR's roots", France said in a statement. One reported seeing a body that had apparently been thrown from the plane. The cause of the accident is still being investigated.

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.

Christopher's death reverberated throughout NASCAR and the racing community.

'He will be missed throughout the racing community, in the garage and, especially, in the hearts of his many fans. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends, family and fans of Ted Christopher through these trying times.

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. Christopher made six starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, 21 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and two in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

He won 48 NASCAR Modified Series races, according to ESPN.