NASCAR legend Ted Christopher killed in plane crash

Race-car champion, passenger killed in plane crash

A plane crashed near West Street in Guilford, along the North Branford line, according to police.

The Federal Aviation Administration says two people were on board the Mooney M20C aircraft as it went down.

'He will be missed throughout the racing community, in the garage and, especially, in the hearts of his many fans. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends, family and fans of Ted Christopher through these trying times.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports also send condolences on the late Christopher. With 10 career victories, Teddy is one of New Hampshire Motor Speedway's most prolific drivers.

'May Ted rest in peace. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow competitors at this very hard time".

North Branford Police have not released details on where the plane was coming from and where it was headed. Christopher was named one of the top 25 drivers in NASCAR's weekly series in 2006, when the series celebrated its 25th anniversary.

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.

On the Whelen tour and on New England short tracks, 'Christopher was a throwback to NASCAR's roots, ' France said in a statement.

Christopher's death reverberated throughout NASCAR and the racing community.

Christopher, the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Tour Modified champion, was scheduled to compete in Saturday night's race at Riverhead (New York) Raceway.

"Absolute definition of a racer", racer Alex Bowman tweeted. Traffic officials planned a tribute to him by having his vehicle driven for a ceremonial lap and a moment of silence from fans.

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