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LOUDON, NH - JULY 13:  Mike Stefanik, driver of the #66 Canto & Sons Pvng/Robert B. Our Co. Ford, sits in his car during qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Town Fair Tire 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2012 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images for NASCAR) | Getty Images

Sad News – Mike Stefanik killed in plane crash

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ORIGINAL POST: Seven-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and short track racing legend Mike Stefanik was killed in a plane crash Sunday in Sterling, CT.

Stefanik was 61 years old.

According to multiple news reports, Stefanik crashed while piloting a single engine, single seat Aero Ultra-Light plane The crash took place took place in Sterling, CT near the Rhode Island border. The plane had taken off from RICONN Airport in Coventry, R.I.

Stefanik last ran on the Whelen Modified Tour in 2014. He is the division’s all-time winningest driver with 74 career victories in 453 starts from 1985 to 2014. In addition to his seven Whelen Modified Tour titles (1989, ’91, ’97, ’98, 2001, ’02, ’06), Stefanik also won championships on the former Busch North Series (now K&N Pro Series East) in 1997 and 1998.

He ran one full-time season in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 1999.

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