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Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

NASCAR driver, pilot killed in CT plane crash

NASCAR driver, pilot killed in CT plane crash

Police confirm Ted Christopher, 59, a renown NASCAR modified champion racer, died in the crash along with Charles Dundas, 81, a resident of NY and Florida.

Christopher won 48 NASCAR Modified Series races, according to ESPN.

He was one of two people on board a plane that went down in Guilford, Connecticut, Saturday afternoon. The second person on the plane has not been identified.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the cause of the crash.

News 8 will update this story with more information as it becomes available.

At Riverhead Raceway, Fox News reports, officials paid tribute to Christopher by driving his vehicle in a ceremonial lap around the track and then asking for a moment of silence from fans. Christopher was named one of the top 25 drivers in NASCAR's weekly series in 2006, when the series celebrated its 25th anniversary.

In 2001 Christopher captured the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National championship, winning 15 of 18 races at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park en route to the championship.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that two people were aboard a Mooney M20C plane that crashed near North Branford around 2 p.m. Saturday.

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

"All of a sudden, he called me frantic, you got to call 911, you got to call 911", said Carignan "There's been a plane crash and I'm like 'Oh my God'". "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".

Guilford Police and Fire, and North Branford units are also responded.

My thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Ted Christopher tonight.

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