Local NASCAR driver, pilot killed in Connecticut plane crash

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Ted Christopher, a legendary driver in NASCAR's modified division ranks and an occasional competitor on the NASCAR national series level, died in a plane crash in his home state of CT on Saturday, Sept. 16.

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.

Police said the 2 people on board a Mooney M20C aircraft were killed when it crash in Guilford on Saturday. She also said if it was not for them walking into the field to see what happened, no one would have known about the incident. The Plainville, Connecticut, driver won the short-track national title in 2001 and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour crown in 2008. "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. He was the winningest driver at a pair of Connecticut's historic tracks: Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. 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'.

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

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

"Absolute definition of a racer", racer Alex Bowman tweeted. Track officials planned to honor Christopher by having his auto driven for a ceremonial lap followed by a moment of silence.