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Ted Christopher (1958 - 2017)

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Ted Christopher (1958 - 2017)

Ted Christopher, NASCAR short track racing legend, died in a plane crash in Connecticut on Saturday September 16, 2017, according to multiple news sources. 

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that two people were aboard a Mooney M20C plane that crashed near North Branford around 2 p.m. Saturday. 

Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO, confirmed that Christopher, 59, and the plane’s pilot both died. 

Christopher is considered one of the greatest drivers ever in Northeastern racing history. He won 42 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victories along with six victories in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. 

In 2001, Christopher won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National championship. He also competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.


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NASCAR released a statement on Christopher’s passing. 

"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," said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. 

"As a championship driver on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and New England short tracks, Christopher was a throwback to NASCAR's roots. He was a tough racer's racer, and his hard driving style and candid personality endeared him to short track fans throughout the country. He will be missed throughout the racing community, in the garage and, especially, in the hearts of his many fans. NASCAR has his family and friends in its thoughts and prayers during this difficult time." 

Fellow race car drivers paid tribute to Christopher on social media. 

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: “Heard the news of this just moments after walking into VL. Very sad. He was a legend.” 

Kyle Petty:  “So very sad to hear of Ted Christopher's passing...Greatness passes into Legend.” 

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