LONDONDERRY — After an impressive 12th finish out of a field of 35 cars in July, Tom Estey returns to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon to take another shot at racing success.
Estey owns a car that will race on Sept. 21 at Loudon, part of NASCAR’s Webb 100 Whelan Modified Tour.
In July, Estey’s car took the 12th spot, up against many top-dollar cars with multi-million-dollar sponsorships.
Estey owns Estey Lumber in Londonderry, a three-generation family business that offers wood products, wood chips, mulch, and now a country store with seasonal produce, florals and gifts.
He has lived in town all his life.
Watching the racing world was something he always loved, Estey said. He eventually wanted to get involved.
“I”ve always loved cars,” he said. “My neighbor also had a modified car and ran some local tracks like the Star Speedway in Hudson.”
He decided to try his hand at running his own car.
“I always thought, ‘someday,’ but I never thought I’d own a car,” he said.
A search to find the right car led him to an online dealer who had just the vehicle he wanted.
“I got the car from New Jersey, it was race ready, but I still had to make some changes,” Estey said.
The car now sports the name of Harold Estey Lumber, named for both Estey’s father and grandfather.
The Londonderry man would not divulge how much the car cost, but he did say racing can be an expensive sport, especially for someone like himself. He works hard in the racing world, does a lot of the pit crew tasks himself, and doesn’t have any million-dollar companies offering car sponsorships.
“I pay for everything out of my own pocket,” Estey said.
Estey’s driver is Jacob Dore of Maine, who made his Whelan tour debut driving Estey’s car at Loudon in July.