NASCAR racing driver Ted Christopher killed in plane crash

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NASCAR racing champion Ted Christopher, who won 42 career races on the Modified Tour, has died in a plane crash in Connecticut.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed two people died when a light aircraft, a Mooney M20C, went down in the woods just before 2pm local time on Saturday.

NASCAR officials confirmed Christopher and the pilot died when the plane went down near the North Branford-Guilford border.

The 59-year-old competed at every level of the famous American racing series during his 29-year career.

He is one of two drivers to win the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national title and a touring series championship.

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

“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.”



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