‘Race for the Championship’ Episode 4: What we learned
By @nascarcasm | Thursday, September 29, 2022
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"Race for the Championship" is the USA Network’s brand new docuseries that gives us a look into the lives of NASCAR drivers both on and off the track. Before the fifth episode airs tonight at 10 ET, here's a quick look back on what we learned in Episode 4.
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BRAD KESELOWSKI IS A NO-FRILLS KIND OF BOSS: He's the co-owner of RFK Racing, but the nameplate outside of his office does not mention it. He's just Brad Keselowski. Everyday guy. Boss of the people. The kind of boss I'd expect to slap you on the back and say "Hey how ya doin' -- workin' hard or hardly workin’? Ha."
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A MAJOR MYSTERY IS SOLVED: We assume these are the clippers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. uses to shape the mullet.
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SPEAKING OF THE MULLET: It isn't a new development. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is a mullet OG. Been rocking it for years. It's just a little darker and grayer now.
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TEAMS USED COOKING SPRAY ON THE GRILLES OF THE CAR AT THE BRISTOL DIRT RACE: Gotta do what you gotta do to keep the mud from sticking. You have to imagine at least one guy accidentally used hairspray and made the day even worse.
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IT DIDN'T ALWAYS WORK: Like your kid's face the first time you tried to feed them chocolate ice cream.
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BRISTOL DIRT RACE IS DIRTY: Siri, can I run a computer monitor through the automatic car wash?
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STENHOUSE JR. AND TEAM CO-OWNER BRAD DAUGHERTY HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP: One of these guys is a former NBA star but they didn't label who's who. Kind of a miss.
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BEING THE CO-OWNER OF A RACE TEAM COMES WITH CHALLENGES: Especially when you're a team owner who is nine feet tall.
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THE FOOTAGE FROM THE TALLADEGA INFIELD IS AMAZING: Not only that, but the editors managed to find the 36 seconds of footage from the Talladega infield that can be shown on basic cable without a major FCC fine.
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STENHOUSE JR. AND HIS FIANCÉE MADISON JOYE LIKE TO RUN THROUGH THE TALLADEGA INFIELD AT 7 A.M.: You know, right around the time most of the campers are going to bed.
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BRAD KESELOWSKI'S SPOTTER TJ MAJORS IS A BIG SHORTS GUY: That's it. That's the slide. Respect these calves, says TJ.
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TALLADEGA WAS UNKIND TO SEVERAL RACE CARS: Not to mention fans' livers, but you expect that.
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ROSS CHASTAIN PREVAILED AND PERFORMED HIS SIGNATURE VICTORY CELEBRATION: Because what we really needed at that point was more smashed stuff on the frontstretch.