According to Connecticut state police, the crash occurred during the afternoon when Stefanik's single-seat Aerolite 103 took off from the Riconn Airport in Coventry, R.I. and crashed into a wooded area in Sterling, near the Rhode Island-Connecticut state line.
According to reports from nbcconnecticiut.com, the plane was apparently heading back to the airport shortly after take off when the crash occurred in a wooded area of CT near the airport. Stefanik was the rookie of the year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 1999. The 2003 top 10 all-time driver is tied with Richie Evans for the most wins in NASCAR history.
Stefanik won seven championships on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, adding two titles in the former NASCAR Busch North Tour (now the K&N Pro Series East) - tying him for the most in the sport's history.
He holds the record for most tour wins with 74, almost 30 more than the second-winningest driver, NASCAR.com said. He held the Whelen Modified Tour record with 74 total victories and was also nominated for the NASCAR Hall of Fame six times. "His tough, competitive nature and excellence on the race track won him the respect and admiration of fans and competitors alike", said NASCAR Chairman Jim France in a statement. "We will keep his wife Julie and his family and friends in our prayers".
He holds the record for most tour wins with 74, almost 30 more than the second winningest driver.
Stefanik was a 2018 inductee to the NEAR New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
Modified stock auto great Michael Stefanik has been killed in a single-engine plane crash. He owned an ultralight and flew it often, but multiple sources told RaceDayCT.com that the one he was flying Sunday was not his.
Stefanik told the outlet in a podcast interview a year ago: "I'm not one to sit on the porch and I do like a little bit of thrill". "I'm a little thrill seeker. But it's actually a pretty cool little airplane".