LONG POND — NASCAR is a sport full of big personalities both behind the wheel and in the stands.
Newswatch16’s Suzanne Goldklang visited the infield on race day and saw how all that enthusiasm inspires fans to get creative.
Groups of friends spend the weekend camping, developing unique identities.
We met “The Twisted Toolsheds” from Westchester, New York who toss beanbags and have a banner featuring photos of their merry band.
There is also “The Nyce Guys” who love to cook, smoking brisket and frying up turkey wings.
A standout in the field of white and beige trailer is a group from Woodstock, NY who have a bit of a hippie vibe. Their camper would have fit in at the original Woodstock, with it’s brightly painted cosmic-themed murals.
Owner Scott Kluka said,” It makes people smile, and that is what life is supposed to be right. Keep them smiling.” His girlfriend who has Parkinson’s Disease helped paint the van, and it includes a message to support medical research.
Inside the “Tricky Triangle” the race is just part of the fun.
While some people make the trip to cheer for their favorite driver, others are here for the social scene.
“I came more to meet all these nice people here. Like yesterday we met some people they gave us a tray of lasagna to take back here and eat here at the camp. It’s awesome,” said Bob Estvanik of Woodstock, New York.
Bob Halpin came to his first NASCAR race with his friends instead of having a bachelor party.
“It’s overwhelming actually, I have been to other events, football, baseball stadiums, but when you come to a NASCAR track, it is something else,” said Halpin.
For many folks a trip to the Pocono Raceway is an annual pilgrimage, and something about this sport seems to brings out their creativity.
Dedicated fans watch the race atop the roofs of trailers in the infield, but the great view wasn’t enough for Scott Levan.
He found a way to get up and down in comfort. He built a one-of-a kind elevator in his trailer. However, it wasn’t easy working out the kinks in his contraption.
“Anything you build that is totally custom, ya know is just full of challenges, every piece is a challenge,” said Levan.
Now not only do his friends now have the best spot to watch the action, but just like the drivers zipping around the track, they are riding in style.