As of Wednesday afternoon, one of the most recognizable names in the modified ranks was still unsure of his plans for the 2014 racing season. After parting ways during the offseason with Boehler Racing Enterprises and the familiar blue number-three on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, 42-time NWMT winner Ted Christopher doesn’t know exactly what is in store for the upcoming season.
“Nothing is set in stone,” Christopher told Speed51.com on Wednesday. “There are a few discussions with a few teams, but there’s nothing I can put in writing yet.”
The 55-year-old modified veteran plans on running his TQ Midget during the Battle of Trenton Indoor Races in Trenton, New Jersey during the month of February. Christopher also has plans to once again run his own SK Modified at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) and compete in the SK Modified division at Waterford Speedbowl (CT) for car owner Doug DiPisa.
“I haven’t really set my schedule yet,” Christopher said. “The only thing I know is that I’ll race my TQ a couple times. I’m going SK racing at Stafford and will run the DiPisa Brothers car again at Waterford. The tour stuff is right now still up in the air.”
Christopher was able to confirm that he will not be making the trip to Florida in 2014 for Florida Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway and the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona International Speedway.
“Definitely not going,” Christopher said about Speedweeks. “For that deal, I have to do that myself. I’m the driver/sponsor equation in that deal, so there’s no way I’m going to be able to do that.”
“The problem with it, too, is that if you race Trenton four days later you’ve got to go to New Smyrna to race. It’s so tight with me and my business right now. It’s so busy at work. Instead of spending fifteen thousand, I think I’ll stay home and make twenty-five,” Christopher joked.
The Plainville, Connecticut driver competed in select Valenti Modified Racing Series events during the 2013 season and plans to once again “pick and choose” VMRS events to compete in during the 2014 racing season.
Christopher told Speed51.com that he hopes to finalize all of his racing plans, specifically his 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour plans, within the next few weeks.