Ted Christopher Righting The Ship For Run At 10th SK Modified Title At Stafford Speedway

Ted Christopher (Corey Sipkin/NASCAR)

Ted Christopher (Corey Sipkin/NASCAR)

Last year in the SK Modified division at Stafford Motor Speedway, Ted Christopher had a season the proved Hollywood script worthy.

This year he goes looking to write the sequel.

Christopher has done just about all there is to be done behind the wheel of racecars at Stafford Motor Speedway. This year he’ll be chasing a big X to place on already bursting resume of accomplishment at the half-mile oval. X as in 10 SK Modified titles at Stafford.

The chase for championship No. 10 for Christopher begins this weekend with the running of the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler at Stafford.

Christopher, of Plainville, edged Ryan Preece for his ninth SK Modified division championship at the track in 2014. The emotions ran high on the final day of the season as Christopher celebrated the title at the track in dramatic fashion with longtime crew chief and team manager Mike O’Sullivan by his side. After suffering a stroke midway through the season, O’Sullivan had just reached the point well he was well enough to return to the track.

“This season is tough because I don’t really have [O’Sullivan] here all the time,” Christopher said. “If I didn’t have so much invested in this [equipment] and I could drive for somebody I would probably do that. But I still like doing it and he’s here doing it with me so we’re going to do it. This year might be like a building year. I’m trying to get everything in the right order with all the stuff I have going on between the racecars and my business and stuff. We’re trying get cars in order and have a good plan. I think that’s what this year will be. I hope things go good.

“I’m happy because I have one of the [old Mystique Motorsports Whelen Modified Tour] cars together as an [SK Modified]. So we have that together. I think it’s going to be a good deal because it was pretty good as a Tour car so I’m looking forward to it as an SK.”

Christopher will face a daunting gauntlet of talent on the road to another title in 2014. Stafford boasts an SK Modified division roster this season overflowing with talent and competitive teams and that fact isn’t lost on Christopher.

“I remember the days when there was like 50-55 cars there,” said Christopher, who has 101 SK Modified division wins at Stafford. “Even I was worried about getting in through heat races to qualify. It was tough back then. We had a lot of cars, but I can’t remember as far as the talent went. This year, definitely, the talent is very very deep. I hope the racing is as good as it was last year because it could be really good this year.”

One of the competitors Christopher will face off against this year in the SK Modified division at Stafford is 16-year old Mike Christopher Jr., the son of his twin brother.

When asked if he ever thought the day would come when he would compete against his nephew in a premier division Christopher said: “I never really thought about it. He’s grown up fast.”

“It’s going to be fun, but for me everybody is just another number. He is my nephew, so it will be a little bit different. But I don’t really treat anybody else different on the racetrack. I would give him more of a break than some other people I race against for sure. I haven’t really thought about it much. I don’t think I’ll really know what to think until I race with him.”

Christopher has 122 career victories at Stafford with 12 Whelen Modified Tour wins, six in the track’s old Pro Stock division, and one each in K&N Pro Series East, Valenti Modified Racing Series and Pro All Stars Series competition.

Saturday he’ll be looking to add to that list of division’s he’s won in when he makes his debut in the Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series. The division will run a 20-lap feature on Saturday at Stafford.

“It’s a cool deal,” Christopher said. “We’ll see what we can do.”

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  1. I love Teddy, he always puts on a good show, always comes prepared. It doesn’t seem to faze him all that much when he has a bad night, I respect that.

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