Monday June 12, 2006

 

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By Brian Danko                                        

 

Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT suddenly finds himself without a modified ride. Thanks to the federal government.

Christopher, who drives the #13 Mystique Motorsports Chevrolet arrived at work on Friday, June 9th to find federal marshals loading up his race cars and equipment all due in part into an ongoing investigation into his car owner, James Galante of Danbury, CT.

Galante owns several trash hauling businesses and a minor league hockey team, the Danbury Trashers of the United Hockey League.

He is under FBI investigations into racketeering charges in the federal investigation into organized crime of the trash hauling business.

Christopher, who is the all time winningest driver at the Stafford Motor Speedway and who finished second in points last season to champion Tony Hirschman now is ride less just two races into the season.

He is now trying to figure out what to do as he watched helplessly as the six cars were hauled out on flat bed Haulers along with other equipment that were stored at Christopher's shop.

"They just showed up, gave me a paper with what they were taking. On the list was six race cars 01 to 06." A dejected Christopher said on Saturday morning at his home.

Christopher was asked if they took anything else, he said, "they are suppose to come and get the hauler but its still sitting here."

When Christopher, who is a racers racer, was asked what was next he replied "just working at M&T". That is the business that he owns. "I don't plan on doing anything. I enjoyed racing for Jim and felt that we had a championship team in place."

When asked if he would be at Jennerstown this week he just said no. But he added "I may just run a few Busch (East) races, but I was going to do that anyhow."

Ted joked a little bit when asked about missing the modified race at New Hampshire, a track he has dominated at recently.

"Well, someone else can win it but they really won't because they didn't beat me."

When Ted was asked if the authorities had questioned him he replied that they spoke with him for about 20 minutes or so back a few months ago and said "all good things must come to an end."

The government has taken over temporary control of all of Galante's businesses when the 113 page federal indictment came down on Friday.

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