Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- For Kelly, Mack, and Skeeter Estey, coming to the track together all started as a way to save a few bucks, but it has slowly turned into a family tradition.
"Saves quite a bit on fuel money," Skeeter said. "Before we had three trucks and three trailers, and it was kind of a pain in the butt to keep everything going."
It was the only way the Estey's could keep going to the track every weekend. Kelly, who's raced for 30 years now, says their family trailer has been a labor of love.
"We gotta try and cut costs here and there," Kelly said. "Everyone thinks we're loaded with money, and that's a false statement. I hacked off a lot of stuff and I did a lot of work in the shop, and I do everything I can do to keep this thing going."
The family's investment has paid off in the winner's circle, too. Through three weeks of racing at AMSOIL Speedway in Superior, Wis., the father and son trio have three feature wins.
"That's the rewarding part," Kelly said. "Like I said before, the harder you work at it, the more success I think you're going to have."
That's been the case so far for the oldest Estey brother, Skeeter, who leads the Midwest Modified standings -- all while lining up alongside his brother.
"Yeah, it's fun to race with him," Skeeter said. "You know everything's going to be clean. We've had a couple heck of a battles. It's been fun."
As for any family bragging rights being on the line?
"No, not really," Mack said, laughing. "Just jokingly."
Both brothers insist they don't give the other a hard time -- win or lose. For the Estey's, racing brings with it a family-first mentality.
"It helps to bring the family together, definitely," Skeeter said. "Three nights a week we're always going somewhere if not more."
"It's great," Mack echoed. "Like I said, being with family is the best part about it."