(Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
Ted Christopher, of Plainville, Conn., streaks by the stands in his Silver Dollar Construction/Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet in this 2013 file photo at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Said David McGrath, general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway: "The short-track community is one of the tightest-knit groups in motorsports, and today it lost one of its most passionate, talented and well-respected members. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow competitors at this very hard time". "Ted Christopher was the gold standard when it came to short-track racing".