Ted Christopher An Accident Victim At NHIS (Loudon, N.H. - July 15, 2005) - Ted Christopher, driver of the No. 35 Eagle Leasing Ford in Friday's NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series' New England 125 at New Hampshire International...
Ted Christopher An Accident Victim At NHIS
(Loudon, N.H. - July 15, 2005) - Ted Christopher, driver of the No. 35 Eagle Leasing Ford in Friday's NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series' New England 125 at New Hampshire International Speedway, was looking to run up front despite having to start mid-pack when qualifying was rained out. But the fastest cars on the track don't always win, and that was the case on Friday as Christopher was involved in an accident that forced his retirement from the event.
Christoper, doing triple-duty at the track this weekend, posted the third-fastest time in the Thursday afternoon practice session, but couldn't get a shot at the pole as qualifying was rained out. This put Christopher 21st in the starting lineup due to his team, NDS Motorsports, having won a race last year.
Despite having to start behind many slower cars, Christopher went to work picking them off one by one. In just five laps he was up to twelfth. Ten laps later, he was eighth. But as much progress as he made forward, when he pitted with the majority of the field he gave back most of those positions, restarting outside the top twenty.
Coming back from the pit stop, Christopher was mired in heavy traffic and trying to move forward when he got turned around in turn four and slapped the outside wall with the right side, doing heavy damage to the Eagle Leasing Ford. Christopher drove the car to the garage area and retired from the event, being classified in the 32nd position.
"It's disappointing to not be able to finish the race, because the car was really fast," he said after the race. "I just wanted to get back near the front because when you're back where I was, it's real easy to get mixed up in something like this and get wrecked. We had a fast car, no doubt about that, and I would have liked to see where we would have ended up if we didn't get taken out."
Christopher will return to Busch North competition on Wednesday, August 10th at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway. Last time there, he finished in fourth place.