Legendary NASCAR Modified Series driver Mike Stefanik has passed away following a plane crash according to a somber report from RaceDayCT.com which surfaced on Sunday afternoon.
The report cites that multiple sources confirm that Stefanik was apparently piloting a single engine single seat Aero ultra-light plane on Sunday and crashed in Sterling, Connecticut. Stefanik was 61-years old.
Stefanik was a seven-time champion in the NASCAR Whelen Modified tour, and he had amassed an incredible 74 wins in the series. The Rhode Island native also took two titles in the NASCAR K&N Pro East Series back in 1997 and 1998.
He also reached the NASCAR National Series level, as he ran a full-time season in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 1999. Stefanik would finish 13th in the championship standings that season.
Stefanik also ran 26 NASCAR Xfinity Series races, with a best finish of eighth at New Hampshire in 1992.