Ted Christopher is ready to take a team that gelled together in 2014 on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and ride it to another title.
While many are looking at the division’s “young crowd” of Doug Coby, Ryan Preece, Todd Szegedy, Justin Bonsignore and Bobby Santos III as the favorites to chase the series title in 2015, the 56-year old Christopher said he has a group prepared to carry him to another championship.
For the second year Christopher will work together with team owner Bob Katon Jr., combining equipment from their respective shops for the Whelen Modified Tour season.
Christopher finish fifth in the series standings in 2014, 31 points behind Coby, who captured his second series title.
Christopher won his only series title in 2008. His 42 career Whelen Modified Tour victories is third on the division’s all-time list, though he hasn’t won a series event since 2011.
Last year Christopher had five top-five’s and 11 top-10’s in 13 series events.
“I thought we did pretty good for a first year team with so much change throughout the year,” Christopher said. “We ran good. It was a good deal. [Katon] is a great guy to deal with. Such a great car owner.”
Bob Fill, who closed out the 2014 season as the teams crew chief, returns to the spot for the 2015 season, which opens April 12 with the running of the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway.
“We’ve got pretty much a good plan this year,” Christopher said. “We’ve got my car. We just clipped [Katon’s] car. He bought a new spec motor, so we have two spec motors. We have three or four open motors. We have enough cars and people and we have a great crew. We should be good.”
Away from the Whelen Modified Tour Christopher will keep up his typical busy schedule. He will defend his 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified division championship at Stafford, in a field stacked for the 2015 season.
He’ll also run full-time for car owner Doug DiPisa in the SK Modified division at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Christopher said there’s also a possibility that he could run full-time in the SK Modified division at Thompson Speedway in 2015. He also expects to make some limited starts on the Valenti Modified Racing Series with car owner Joe Brady.