Ted Christopher Holds Off Ryan Preece For SK Mod Victory At Thompson

THOMPSON – Victory is the goal each race for Ted Christopher, but full satisfaction is something rarely achieved by the legendary Modified driver.

Ted Christopher celebrates Thursday at Thompson Speedway

That was evident once again Thursday night at Thompson International Speedway.

Christopher held off Ryan Preece over the final 20 laps to win the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature at Thompson.

Preece, of Berlin, was second and Woody Pitkat of Stafford third.

It was the second victory in six events this season at Thompson for Christopher, who returned to running full-time at the track this year after a number of years away.

Despite the success this year, Christopher was bemoaning the still to solved gremlins in his car minutes after winning.

“This car has been in storage for five years,” Christopher said “It’s getting better. We’re going to spend some time and come up here and test. We just don’t have enough time. We have a bunch of things we want to try.”

Christopher went by Kerry Malone for the lead on lap 10 with Preece following him to second place.

“I knew I could get by Kerry I just didn’t know when to do it,” Christopher said. “You’ve just got to finally pull the trigger and say ‘You better go’ because he’s backing us up and somebody is going to get me and I’m going to get stuck.”

Preece could never find a lane to make a move on Christopher over the final 20 laps.

“I wasn’t going to be able to get by him without hitting him, that’s just the way it seems,” Preece said. “It’s so even that unless you’re way better and you can get alongside of him coming off the corner, you’re not going to be able to pass here. I just settled for second. I knew what I had and I wasn’t going to try to go under Teddy for a win. It is what it is, I’m happy with it.”

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