NASCAR driver killed in Connecticut plane crash

The FAA is investigating, along with local police and fire departments

(Credit: Matt Wiernasz) Ted Christopher waves to the crowd after winning his 99th race at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Ted Christopher (79) racing with Todd Owen (81) in the Sunoco Modifieds

NORTH BRANFORD, Conn. (WWLP) – A plane crashed in North Branford Connecticut near the Guilford town line — killing both the pilot and the passenger.

Federal Aviation Administration Spokesperson Rick Breitenfeldt told 22News two people were on board the plane when it crashed in a wooded area just before 2 o’clock this afternoon.

it was a single engine propeller aircraft called a Mooney M20C.

Just minutes ago NASCAR CEO Brian France confirmed the deceased passenger was 59 year old Ted Christopher.

Christoopher was a NASCAR driver who was well known among racing fans here in western Massachusetts.

The FAA is investigating, along with local police and fire departments.


GULIFORD, CT- Race fans in Western Massachusetts and throughout the Northeast are in mourning as race car driver Ted Christopher out of Plainville, CT was killed in a plane crash on Saturday afternoon in Guilford, CT on the way to a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race in Riverhead, NY. Christopher was 59-years old. The pilot was also killed in the crash.

Christopher raced at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night finishing fourth in the 40 lap SK Modified feature event after starting in 20th position.

Christopher raced in many different cars and series up and down the East Coast ranging from Modifieds, SK Modifieds, ISMA Supermodifieds, to full fendered cars winning races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East as well as Super Late Models. He won indoor races in the TQ Midgets at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI, Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ and in Trenton, NJ. He was the all-time winningest driver at Stafford Motor Speedway and scored his 99th win at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park last Sunday.

He made a return to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this season driving for Danny Watts in June. Christopher won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship back in 2008. Christopher was the third all-time winningst driver on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with 42 wins.

He won nine track championships in the SK Modified division at Stafford Motor Speedway. He also competed in the SK Modified division at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl and competed in the tour type modified division at Riverside Park Speedway in Agawam.