These days, Ted Christopher doesn’t concern himself much with chasing the goings of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
But there’s one event on the Whelen Modified Tour schedule that will forever have the Plainville driver running for more.
The NAPA Spring Sizzler is the race that Christopher will never tire of chasing wins at, and he’ll be doing just that on April 30 at Stafford Motor Speedway.
Christopher will enter the event with a team operated by Scott Anderson in the 00 Modified made famous by late long-time owner Joe Brady.
Christopher will be chasing his seventh career Spring Sizzler victory. He has five in Whelen Modified Tour cars and he also won the one Spring Sizzler event that was contested in SK Modifieds in 1988.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Christopher said. “I always like to run that race. I’ve won it a few times. Like to try to win it again. I’ve won it more than a few times I would say. Let’s try to get another one.
“And some people don’t consider the SK [Modified win] a Spring Sizzler win. I’ve told people that if they changed it to dirt and they brought dirt cars here and Stewart Friesen won it in a dirt car and it was the Spring Sizzler, it would still be the Spring Sizzler. So just because you ran [SK Modified’s] doesn’t mean that it’s not the Spring Sizzler.”
Christopher, the Whelen Modified Tour’s third winningest driver all-time with 42 career victories, made just two starts with the series in 2016. He ran the Spring Sizzler for Anderson and also the division’s event at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. The team had planned to also run the event at the Speedbowl again, but the race was recently removed from the series schedule.