Modified driver Ted Christopher killed in plane crash

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Fans voted him as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour's most popular driver three times.

Christopher was one of two passengers aboard the Mooney M20C aircraft traveling from CT to NY when the plane disintegrated near the North Branford-Guilford border just before 2 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed. 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.

Christopher captured 13 track championships and competed at every level of NASCAR. Police did not release the names, but Eyewitness News learned through several sources the identification of one of the victims. The FAA is investigating the crash.

The Facebook page for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park posted a tribute to Christopher on Saturday evening, after racing website Speed51 reported that a family member had confirmed to them that Christopher had died in the crash earlier that day. "He was a tough racer's racer, and his hard driving style and candid personality endeared him to short track fans throughout the country".

Before a race tonight at Waterford Speedbowl, General Manager, George Whitney said racers followed Christopher's #13 vehicle as it was driven around the track twice in remembrance of the driver killed in the crash this afternoon. The Plainville, Connecticut, driver won the short-track national title in 2001 and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour crown in 2008.

Christopher's death reverberated throughout NASCAR and the racing community. With 10 career victories, Teddy is one of New Hampshire Motor Speedway's most prolific drivers.

Christopher was selected as one of the top 25 drivers in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history in 2006.

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