Name Game: Mike Christopher Jr. Gets First Stafford Speedway Legends Division Victory

Mike Christopher Jr. (right) works on his Legends car (Photo: Tiesha DiMaggio/Sids Vault Crew)

Mike Christopher Jr. (right) works on his Legends car (Photo: Tiesha DiMaggio/Sids Vault Crew)

STAFFORD – It’s a name longtime fans of Stafford Motor Speedway’s weekly racing events are very familiar with.

But it was a new family member being added to the Stafford Motor Speedway record books on Friday at the track.

Mike Christopher Jr. joined his father and uncle as a winner as part of Stafford’s weekly racing program.

The 15-year old Mike Christopher Jr. went to the lead early and drove away to win the 20-lap Legends feature at Stafford Friday night.

His father won his first SK Modified event at on August 18, 1985. His uncle Ted Christopher is the winningest driver in the history of Stafford Motor Speedway with 121 victories at the track, including 100 SK Modified wins. Ted Christopher’s first win at the track came on May 23, 1986.

Nick Ladyga of Voluntown was secod and Dana Dimatteo of Farmington third.

Mike Christopher Jr. has been terrorizing the Legend car ranks in state this year. He has 16 victories overall at the Waterford Speedbowl this year.

“We had to just get out to the lead quick and we did,” Mike Christopher Jr. said. “I’ve got to thank my dad for all he does. I’ve to thank my dad for all the work he does on the other car for Waterford. He sets that one up too. We won at Waterford on Wednesday, now we won here and we’re going to Bethel (N.Y.) tomorrow and hopefully we can get the streak.”

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