NASCAR asphalt modified star Ted Christopher managed to claim an almost perfect night on New Year's Eve in Providence, R.I., despite being injured midway through the racing program.
Christopher won the TQ Midget Coffee Cup in the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
The night started with Christopher getting second quick time to fellow modified racer Patrick Emerling, and then winning one of four heat races. It was after the heat race that Christopher's night took an unexpected turn. While undergoing a post-race inspection after the heat race, Christopher's car burst into flames, and the veteran driver suffered burns to his right hand.
Still he was ready to make the call for the feature race. After starting sixth, Christopher quickly advanced to second place and began pressuring Emerling for the lead. Christopher took over the top spot on the 31st of 40 laps and went on to score the victory over yet another modified racer, Anthony Sesely, who had started seventh. Emerling finished third, with ARDC midget champion Tim Buckwalter getting fourth after starting 19th. Joey Payne, who started 26th finished fifth.
Rounding out the top ten were Matt Janisch, Ryan Preece, Tony DiMattia, Tim Proctor and Erik Musto.
Cody Seiber won the 25 lap Champ Kart feature over Danny Bouc, Brandon Rusczek, Mike Perry and Glen Meisenhelder.