Ted Christopher Unsure Of His Future
THOMPSON, Conn. – Not even half way through the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, the third-winningest driver in tour history suddenly found himself without a ride.
That driver, known simply as “TC,” is now nearly halfway home toward his goal of piecing together the balance of the season.
Ted Christopher, the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and owner of 42 career victories, was left without a ride when his former No. 36 team closed operations following the sixth race of the season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
With eight races left on the schedule at the time, Christopher faced a tough challenge if he was going to complete the full season, especially with no seats available.
Christopher, from Plainville, Conn., was able to team up with car owner Joe Brady to run his No. 00 for the next race at Stafford Motor Speedway and registered a fifth-place finish.
Christopher’s next opportunity came by chance. Leading Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Keith Rocco was injured on July 29 in a practice crash at Thompson International Speedway, and the Boehler Racing Enterprises No. 3 need a fill-in driver.
After his one start with Brady at Stafford, Christopher has filled in for Rocco in the last two events at Thompson and Bristol Motor Speedway.
The owner of 13 Whelen Modified Tour victories at Thompson, Christopher will once again be behind the wheel of “Ole Blue” for this week’s tripleheader of touring modified action with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at the .625-mile speedway. The combination produced a fourth-place finish there together in August.
Christopher’s next win at Thompson will tie him with Mike Stefanik for the Whelen Modified Tour victories record at the track. Christopher put together a run of seven triumphs across nine races at “Big T” from 2008-11 in the No. 36, but will be looking to end a four-race drought there in this week’s Town Fair Tire Northern 75.
BRE is also looking to get back to Victory Lane at Thompson for the first time since the 2007 season finale when Bobby Santos was behind the wheel, a span of 17 starts with four different drivers.
Christopher is still not sure exactly what his plans will be for the four races after Thompson, but he’s appreciative of another opportunity with BRE this week, and as always, he’ll be one of the favorites when the green flag drops at Thompson.