Famous NASCAR champion Michael Stefanik has passed away in a single-engine plane crash that took place near the Rhode Island state line, as per police. The incident took place on Sunday. Stefanik was 61 years old.
The NASCAR champion Stefanik was in a single-engine, single-seat Aerolite 103 that took off from the Riconn Airport in Coventry. It was when Stefanik was turning back to the airfield when the plane crashed in a wooded area in the vicinity of the airport. Connecticut state police have confirmed the details of the incident. NASCAR has also confirmed that Stefanik was killed in the crash.
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France said in a statement, ‘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.’
Michael Stefanik was quite well-known in the NASCAR circles and was named the Busch North Series Most Popular Driver in 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2004. He also secured the first position in the Busch North Series in 1997 and 1998. He was able to get his name into the limelight when he won the Whelen Modified Tour circuit back in 1989, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2991, 2992, and 2006. Stefanik was also included in a list that mentioned the top 10 all-time drivers in the series back in 2003.
Owing to his total of nine championships tie him with Richie Evans for most wins in NASCAR history. Stefanik also held the Whelen Modified Tour record with a total of 74 victories from 1985 to 2014.
Many people took to social media to pay their respects to Stefanik.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway tweeted, ‘We are so sad to hear the tragic news about Mike Stefanik. He was one of the greatest modified drivers in history and a great friend of the speedway. Rest in peace, Mike. We will miss you! Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stefanik family.’
May he rest in peace!
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