Barbecue: check

Hot dogs: check

Hamburgers: check

Liquid refreshment: check

Motorhome: check

Fast cars: check

Sunscreen: check

T-shirt with favorite driver: check

Flag with favorite driver: check

Earplugs: check

Kitchen sink: check

Ferris wheel: check

Pool: POOL?

The "Hairy Legged Guys" set up their race compound at the Infineon Raceway 50 acre RV lot, Thursday June 17, 2010. The water for the pool was brought in a by a water truck from Petaluma. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2010

Yep, there is at least one pool at NASCAR. It’s popped up during the last few years at the 50 acre lot. These enterprising campers know that having a pool in their bivouac is the ultimate in NASCAR one-upmanship. No sooner was the pool inflated when a water truck arrived carrying the 25oo gallons needed to fill the portable reservoir with clear, cool H2O. The “Hairy Legged Guys”, a group of friends from California and Oregon, know that 90 degree days in the 50 acre lot is better with a dip in a kiddie pool.

Oregonian Eric McLain takes advantage of a pool as he and several men called the "Hairy Legged Guys" set up their race compound at the Infineon Raceway 50 acre RV lot, Thursday June 17, 2010. The water for the pool was brought in a by a water truck from Petaluma. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2010

To add to their collection of a pool, a band, a sixteen foot bar and every consumable libation known to man, the Hairy Leggeds’ also brought in a huge balloon to float above their party compound. The last time I saw a balloon that big was when I shot an assignment in Texas while National Weather Service employees lofted a weather balloon into a thunderstorm.

The Hairy Legged Guys spray paint the name of their group on to a large helium filled balloon at the 50 acre lot, Thursday June 17, 2010. (Kent Porter /Press Democrat) 2010

Alas, the gentlemen were given an impromptu lesson in physics when the balloon exploded under the hot June sun. No one was injured.

The Hairy Legged Guys take cover as a large helium filled balloon explodes at the 50 acre lot, Thursday June 17, 2010. (Kent Porter /Press Democrat) 2010

-Kent Porter

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