NASCAR racing driver killed in plane crash

Ted Christopher killed in plane crash in Connecticut

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NASCAR racing driver killed in plane crash

A 'legendary' NASCAR racing driver has died in a small plane crash in Connecticut.

Ted Christopher, 59, was a passenger in the plane that went down into woods just before 2pm on Saturday. The pilot also died in the crash.

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Mr Christopher had a 29-year career and competed at every level of the famous US racing series.

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

According to Sky News, fellow driver Dale Earnhardt Jr tweeted that Ted "was a legend".


CBS News reports that NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France also paid tribute, saying: "We are all saddened to learn of the tragic plane crash this afternoon that claimed the lives of NASCAR driver Ted Christopher and the aircraft's pilot.

"As a championship driver on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and New England short tracks, Christopher was a throwback to NASCAR's roots. 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, in the garage and, especially, in the hearts of his many fans. NASCAR has his family and friends in its thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."