Ted Christopher Wins 31st Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler

Stafford Springs, CT — After coming so close so many times to a Modified Series victory at Stafford, only to be denied, Ted Christopher now has two consecutive Modified Series wins at the half-mile.

Christopher won the 2001 season ending CARQUEST Fall Final, and today dominated the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, leading 150 of the race’s 200-laps.

The race got off to a slow start, with 10 caution periods during the first 80 laps. The race went green from lap-86 to lap-133, and Christopher had opened his lead to a full straightaway over second place Todd Szegedy.

The leaders all came to pit road on lap-133, with Dave Berghman, Tom Baldwin, L.W. Miller, and Tommy Cravenho staying out on the racetrack and taking over the top-4 spots. Rick Fuller won the race off pit road among the leaders, and he was followed by Mike Ewanitsko, Christopher, Tony Ferrante, and Szegedy.

Christopher wasted little time, as he was mowing through the field after his 4-tire pit stop. A tangle with Tom Baldwin nearly ended Christopher’s day, but he was able to save the car and continue on.

By lap-160 he had worked his way up to third, and took over second on lap-170 behind leader Rick Fuller. Christopher took the lead from Fuller on lap-174, and pulled away from Fuller until a late race caution bunched the field for a four-lap sprint to the finish.

Fuller was unable to get around Christopher on the restart, as he took his second consecutive Tour win at Stafford, and the 7th Modified Tour win of his career. Fuller, Tony Hirschman, Berghman, and Cravenho rounded out the top-5.

The NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series returns to Stafford May 24th for the 12th annual Connecticut Classic 150. Mike Ewanitsko is the defending champion of the race.

Sources: Scott Running/Stafford Motor Speedway PR

May 2002
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