Racing Reactions To The Passing Of Ted Christopher

Ted Christopher celebrates his sixth SK Modified division victory of the season Sept. 8 at Stafford Motor Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont)

The world of racing, nationally and locally, reacts to the tragic news of the passing of Ted Christopher Saturday.

“We are all saddened to learn of the tragic plane crash this afternoon that claimed the lives of NASCAR driver Ted Christopher and the aircraft’s pilot,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France.

“As a championship driver on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and New England short tracks, Christopher was a throwback to NASCAR’s roots. He was a tough racer’s racer, and his hard driving style and candid personality endeared him to short track fans throughout the country. He will be missed throughout the racing community, in the garage and, especially, in the hearts of his many fans. NASCAR has his family and friends in its thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

“The short track community is one of the tightest-knit groups in motorsports, and today it lost one of its most passionate, talented and well-respected members. Ted Christopher was the gold standard when it came to short track racing, specifically the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. With 10 career victories, Teddy is one of New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s most prolific drivers. I know that I can speak for everyone here, as well as our entire Speedway Motorsports, Inc. family, when I say that while Teddy may be gone, his legacy will carry on for generations to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow competitors at this very difficult time.” — David McGrath, Executive Vice President and General Manager at New Hampshire Motor Speedway


Coverage of the pre-race ceremonies Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl from Sid’s Vault Productions


  1. I might not had been a fan but it sucks when you loose a legend

  2. So sad to hear of the passing of Ted Christopher; thoughts & prayers to his family. RIP TC you will be missed!

  3. Ted was one of our first customers of any renown back in the mid 80,s racin @ the big T in his red 13. Very sad day. He was a great person and competitor. Our condolences go out to the Christopher Family & his many fans. Thanks for the memories Ted. Steve Eaton & Family.

  4. Wayne Kimball says

    Thoughts and prayers to teddy family and friends. Will not be the same next weekend at nhms.

  5. Thanks for sharing the video. Race In Peace TC

  6. A racer’s racer. The way Ted would carve a field up to get to the front was pure poetry. TC will be missed by both fans and his fiercest competitors and rivals. :{

  7. Shawn – can you provide any info on the pilot of the plane (Mr. Dundas)? It’s been suggested by others (online) that he may have been part of the “modified racing scene”.

    RIP, Mr. Dundas.

  8. I watched teddy race from day one and was a fan instantly. I recently got to meet him at my work,where he was checking out a transmission on one of our trucks. We started talking about racing, I was star struck. One of my heros was talking to me. He showed me pictures of his house he was building and told me to stop by and check it out. Who does that, a great guy that I’ll forever miss!! RiP friend😪

  9. Rafter,
    I really don’t know that much about Mr. Dundas other than the fact that he had flown Ted for a number of years.

  10. Shawn – Thanks; that’s good info. Others in the racing community seemed to know him as “Pat”; maybe he was familiar to them simply because of his connection to Ted.

  11. Rafter fan,
    Yes, he was known as Pat.

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