The third episode of CMTâs Racing Wives aired Friday, and much of it involved rehashing the drama from the first two episodes.
The show, which was shot last summer, depicts the off-the-track lives of some key figures in NASCAR. Itâs focused on Samantha Busch, whoâs married to Kyle Busch; Ashley Busch, whoâs married to Kurt Busch; Whitney Dillon, whoâs married to Austin Dillon; Mariel Swan, whoâs married to Paul Swan, a tire carrier on the No. 3 Chevrolet team; and Amber Balcaen, an aspiring NASCAR driver.
The episode picked up where we left off last week, which was at a dinner party hosted by Ashley Busch with all the main cast members (plus guests) except Amber. Samantha Busch and Whitney clear the air after Sam offered some fashion advice for NASCAR races that came off as a little critical. But Mariel â who did an unflattering impression of Ashley at the dinner table â still doesnât get along with the Busch sisters-in-law.
Whitney and Mariel are best friends, though their relationship is tested as Whitney gets closer with the wives of other drivers. And in this episode, the BFFs struggle rock climbing, and Whitney and Austin throw a âhonkey tonk throwdown partyâ at Richard Childress Vineyards, which she described as a âparty for country people.â
Amber seems to successfully recover from multiple gaffes with Samantha, who still wants the aspiring driver to race for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Sheâs also working through a long-distance relationship with her boyfriend, Jordan Reaves, a defensive lineman in the CFL for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
But rather than a typical recap, weâre highlighting the best/worst/most ridiculous quotes from the episode.
As we noted after last weekâs episode, Whiney and Mariel getting up in the middle of the dinner party to go take selfies was pretty rude, to say the least. Itâd be rude if they were the hosts of the party, but itâs especially peculiar behavior as theyâre trying to get along with Ashley and Samantha.
Ashley also said Whitney and Mariel act like a âsecurity blanketâ for each other because they do everything together â doesnât seem like she meant that in a good way â and arenât super aware of their surroundings sometimes.
Whitney and Marielâs adventure rock climbing didnât seem to go very well. Not only did they admit they were scared of heights, but once they reached a certain spot on the wall, they both froze. So Mariel offered her best friend some kind of but not really comforting encouragement.
Samantha and Kyle Busch threw their son, Brexton, an extravagant, dinosaur-themed birthday party. Both of them went beyond overboard with the decorations and activities, but Samanthaâs efforts were just more up front. In addition to the large guest list and lavish decorations, Sam was spray painting dinosaur footprints into the grass, which was particularly concerning to Kyle because it might kill the grass. He didnât seem to be digging all of the partyâs elements.
So when the bounce house â which was way larger than Sam originally thought when she ordered it â arrived, she had a great response when Kyle asked what it was. When money is not an issue, this honestly seemed like an awesome party. And at least Sam acknowledged Brexton might not remember it, but thatâs also not really the point.
The No. 18 Toyota driver seemed not into the fancy dinosaur party, until he announced a surprise for Brexton and the guests. It was a bunch of giant electronic dinosaurs, along with people dressed up as dinosaurs, all of which were surely the hit of the party.
Samantha and Kyle have been open about conceiving Brexton through IVF (and going through it again last year), and their foundation helps couples struggling with the costs associated with infertility. While talking about the possibility of having another child and going through IVF again, Sam briefly explained the challenges they faced the first time:
âThere were so many times Kyle could have up and left because I was a terrible, depressed person. It was really hard to get over, but I will give Kyle all the credit. He was the best, most supportive husband, and heâs the reason that I feel like we came out on the good side of it all.â
Samantha and Ashley told For The Win before the show premiered how it would highlight the growth of their relationship, as well as Kyle and Kurtâs. As the sisters-in-law got to know each other, the brothers grew closer and are in each otherâs lives much more now.
So when Ashley and Kurt showed up to Brextonâs birthday party â BY BOAT â with a huge, stuffed dinosaur, it was a big family moment. The Busch brothers also raced through the bounce house because of course they did.
Amber teamed up with Noah Gragson, who now races in NASCARâs second-tier XFINITY Series for JR Motorsports, but he drove for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Truck Series in 2017 and 2018. They practiced in go-karts, and Amber had to repeatedly remind Gragson that this was not their first date.
It may have been cute at first, but Amber said she wasnât interested, reminded him she has a boyfriend and repeated that this wasnât a date every time he said it was.
Dude, seriously? Sheâs attempting to be your teammate, colleague and fellow competitor. Be professional and avoid dehumanizing comments like that.
For what itâs worth, Amber called his failed attempts to flirt with her âcomical.â
Itâs her justification for throwing such an elaborate birthday party for a three year old. While most people donât have parties that flashy for toddlers, this writer identifies with this Sam quote.