STAFFORD, Conn. – Ted Christopher took all the drama out of a late dash to the checkered flag at Stafford Motor Speedway.
Christopher chased down Mike Stefanik following a restart with fewer than 25 laps remaining, running off to win the Town Fair Tire 150 for his 11th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory at the track where he has won more races than anybody else.
Experience seemed to pay off, especially as Christopher's car came to life late.
"At the end there, you've just got to go with this thing," said Christopher, who moved to third in the overall series standings and now has 41 career Tour wins. "It's weird, because it started getting tight again, so I had to run a little different line to hold Michael off.
"But it was a lot of fun."
Stefanik finished second, with defending champion Bobby Santos third. Eric Beers was fourth, while Eric Goodale recorded his first Top-5 of the season in fifth.
The first run of the night wasn't a lot of fun for most of the drivers, as Christopher and Doug Coby checked out on the field with the first 116 laps being run under the green flag. Everybody on the lead lap hit pit road with their first opportunity coming to put on fresh tires on Lap 120.
Stefanik was the big winner during the round of stops, entering the pits from sixth place and emerging with the lead.
Another caution came out quickly thereafter, but when the drivers lined up for a second restart, it was only a matter of time before Christopher passed Stefanik after restarting third.
"This one's for our team. They put me out front," Stefanik said. "That was a fantastic pit stop. We were just a little too snug to hold it at the end."
Christopher's win gave him 113 total career wins at Stafford – the track where he is a seven-time SK Modified champion and has a section of grandstands named after him.
He certainly drove like he owned the place on Friday night, leading on two occasions for a total of 49 laps.
"I guess my name's still on the roof," Christopher said.