Funeral held for NASCAR driver killed in plane crash

Ted Christopher
FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2005 file photo, Ted Christopher celebrates his victory in the Busch North Series Sylvania 125 at the New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H. NASCAR officials say modified championship racer Christopher was one of two people killed when a small plane crashed in Connecticut. The Federal Aviation Administration confirms that two people were aboard a Mooney M20C plane that went down in a wooded area near the North Branford-Guilford border shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. NASCAR says Christopher and the plane's pilot died. (AP Photo/Jon-Pierre Lasseigne, File)

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Mourners have gathered in Connecticut to say goodbye to a NASCAR driver who died in a plane crash.

The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/2xungyT) the funeral for Ted Christopher was held Tuesday at a church in Bristol. A wake Monday night in his hometown of Plainville was attended by 3,500 people.

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The 59-year-old Christopher was a passenger on a plane that crashed in North Branford on Sept. 16. Also killed was the pilot, 81-year-old Charles Dundas.

Federal officials say the plane had left Plainville’s Robertson Airport headed for New York’s Long Island.

Stafford Speedway says Christopher’s No. 13 will be retired on Sunday.

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Christopher had 131 wins, 109 SK Modified wins and nine SK Modified track championships during his career.

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