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Ted Christopher's Strong Stafford Race Ends With Accident (Stafford Springs, Conn. - Ted Christopher put on a show at Stafford Motor Speedway. He qualified fourth and ran third until being forced to pit a third of the way through the TSI ...

Ted Christopher's Strong Stafford Race Ends With Accident

(Stafford Springs, Conn. - Ted Christopher put on a show at Stafford Motor Speedway. He qualified fourth and ran third until being forced to pit a third of the way through the TSI Harley-Davidson 150. He charged through the field to again challenge for the lead but a mechanical failure caused a spin and crash that left his No. 35 Waste Management Recycle America Ford heavily damaged, relegating him to a 23rd place finish.

The first appearance of the year for the NDS Motorsports team came at a track where Christopher has enjoyed NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series success before, and he was poised for more of the same after a practice session that saw him turn the second fastest time. In time trials, Christopher's success continued as he was fourth fastest with a lap of 19.992 seconds (90.036 MPH).

It only took Christopher a handful of laps to get to third place ahead of Mike Johnson. Through a pair of restarts he worked on Matt Kobyluck to take second place, but couldn't complete the pass. Contact on the track left him with damaged sheet metal, and he was told by NASCAR officials to pit under a lap 47 caution to have the damage taped up. He returned to the field at the tail of the lead lap cars.

It took less than twenty laps for Christopher to work his way back into the top ten. He was fifth with fifty laps to go, and fourth after a lap 102 restart. But a broken rear end caused him to lose control in the first turn of lap 122 and he spun out in front of the field. When the dust settled, Christopher's Recycle America Ford was heavily damaged and could not continue in the event. He was 23rd in the final results.

"The car was really good, even after we got banged up a little bit," he said after the race. "I was set up for a great finish. We had come back to run fourth and I still had something left. But you can't do anything about parts breaking. I hate it for the team, they gave me a real good car but something let go and that was it.

"This is a good team," Christopher continued. "We'll be back."

-ajc-

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Matt Kobyluck , Mike Johnson , Ted Christopher