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A Life is Lost and a Legend Made by Denise DuPont

All eyes were focused on the modified tour race and its last race of the season at Riverhead Speedway. Teams and fans alike made the trip by ferry, highway or air with the anticipation of a competitive race. Crews prepared and were ready for practice and qualifying. After practice and preparation for time trials began, some started to worry. There was one of them missing and he was always there. When he did not answer calls or reach back, everyone started to wonder how Ted Christopher would arrive at the track.

There were rumors on Facebook and twitter, but our hearts remain focused on racing and knowing TC would be there. He never would miss a race, broken wrist or not. Then those words that you never want to hear were officially spoken. We had loss one of the toughest most competitive, old school drivers to come out of the northeast. Christopher had died in a plane crash on his way to the track. There was not a dry eye in the pits as the official announcement was made by Jimmy Wilson of NASCAR and Reverend Don Rivers led everyone in prayer.

Racing went on as planned after a ceremony to honor our fallen hero TC. He loved speed, excitement and risk and there will only ever be one TC. He was our Dale Earnhardt of the northeast. You either loved him or hated him but he certainly brought fans to the track and crowds to their feet.

On the outside Christopher was tough, stood his ground and was a never lost for words. And yes, he often spoke his mind. He also never backed down and always gave racing his all.

TC had his own unique style. His three times and you are out, His sling shots moves and doing things that other never thought were possible to get to the front. He started from the rear many times and was in the lead before you know it. There was just no stopping him. He took whatever challenges he faced and enjoyed conquering them.

TCs legend will go on with current champions and young guns who confess they grew up watching him and wanting to be him. We will never replace TC and the respect that he earned will never be taken away. We will go forward to complete the 2017 race season with the major void in the fields at Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park without the number 13 among them. And the ranks of the NWMT at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be down one.

TC you will be in you will be sadly missed and the void that you left will be never filled. The legend you have built will go on forever.
Recently reflecting on his life and career recently at Stafford Motor Speedway, Christopher stated: I never thought I would be a race car driver.

And that he was.
Source: Denise DuPont / TheChromeHorn.com
: September 17, 2017

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