Racing competition has kept Mike Christopher Sr. pretty busy in 2014.
But that hectic schedule has been about playing crew chief rather than driver, in supporting his teenage son Mike Christopher Jr.’s efforts behind the wheel of a Legend car at the Waterford Speedbowl and Stafford Motor Speedway.
But dad is ready to scratch that itch for a return to competition in September with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Mike Christopher Sr., twin brother of Whelen Modified Tour regular Ted Christopher, said he is planning to enter the Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100 on Sept. 20 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“I’m using my car,” Mike Christopher said. “I was happy with it the last time I ran. The last time I took it there we were like off, but I followed behind [Todd Szegedy] and we were fifth on the charts and [my brother] was like [What’s going on]?’ And I said, it’s easy when you can draft. If you get through the turns good and can just follow someone you can rip off good laps.”
It would mark Mike Christopher’s first start in a Whelen Modified Tour event since finishing 20th in Loudon on Sept. 22, 2012.
His last six series starts have all come at Loudon, dating back to the 2007 season. Mike Christopher has made 75 career Whelen Modified Tour starts in his career, dating back to 1994. Twenty-two of those 75 starts have come in Loudon, where he has two top-five and four top-10 finishes. Mike Christopher’s only two second-place finishes in series competition both came at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“I’ve really wanted to run more, but I’ve just had so much going on with [my son],” Mike Christopher said. “But I figured if we can make this work we’ll do it.”