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. Click to get weekly celebrity death news delivered to your inbox. 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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to mike sorry about teddy may he rip love always from ray toohey

You were the man TC king of the chrome horn short track racing will never be the same. RIP #13

I would like to express my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. I hope you find comfort and help in God during this time of sorrow.

I am so sorry. May Almighty God grant you peace as you cope with your loss. Phil. 4:6,7

To Mike and family:

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. May you find comfort in the words once spoken by the apostle John when he said that death, mourning, and pain will be no more.

First and foremost, our deepest condolences to all the Christopher family, crew, and friends. We wanted to thank you again for the many years of great racing entertainment. You always amazed us by what you could do in a modified. There are far too many "wow" moments to count. Short track racing is already different. RIP TC 13. Godspeed.

Tony Sortino and Shell Murphy

My deepest condollance to the Christopher family tc will be deeply missed

It must be hard to have a family member or a friend as a NASCAR professional knowing that in a split second anything can happen! May you remember him for his boldness and talent in racing! I am deeply saddened for your loss. Hold fast knowing that "God who gives hope fill you with all joy and peace by your trusting in him, so that you may abound in hope with power of holy spirit." (Rm. 15:13)

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