Ted Christopher, the NASCAR modified championship racer, was one of two people killed yesterday in a small plane crash in Connecticut. According to reports, the FAA confirmed two people were killed in the crash just before 2pm. NASCAR Chairman and CEO, Brian France, said Christopher and the pilot were both killed.

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David McGrath, Executive Vice President and General Manager at New Hampshire Motor Speedway released the following statement:

The short track community is one of the tightest-knit groups in motorsports, and today it lost one of its most passionate, talented and well-respected members. Ted Christopher was the gold standard when it came to short track racing, specifically the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. With 10 career victories, Teddy is one of New Hampshire Motor Speedways most prolific drivers. I know that I can speak for everyone here, as well as our entire Speedway Motorsports, Inc. family, when I say that while Teddy may be gone, his legacy will carry on for generations to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow competitors at this very difficult time