A NASCAR champion “was killed Sunday while piloting a single-seat plane that crashed in Connecticut,” reports The New York Post, identifying the victim as 61-year-old Mike Stefanik.
“Stefanik holds the Whelen Modified Tour record with 74 victories between 1985 and 2014,” The Post notes, adding, “He had won nine NASCAR series championships, which tied him with Hall of Famer Richie Evans.”
Said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France said in a statement carried by the Post: “Mike Stefanik was one of the most successful drivers in NASCAR history, but even more so, he was a true representative of our sport. His tough, competitive nature and excellence on the race track won him the admiration of fans and competitors alike.”
Here’s a short video (found on YouTube) interview with Stefanik after his 74th race victory in 2013.