It may be seven months behind schedule, but the NASCAR-themed docuseries Racing Wives finally premiered on Friday, August 2, and it was met with mixed reviews from the racing community. At least if you checked Twitter.
In the first episode of the CMT show, we mostly get introduced to the main characters. Here’s a quick breakdown, for those of you who aren’t up to speed.
Samantha Busch: The owner of online store Murph Boutique, lifestyle blogger, and wife of NASCAR driver Kyle Busch.
Ashley Busch: Competitive polo player, swimwear line promoter, and wife of NASCAR driver Kurt Busch.
Whitney Dillon: Former NFL cheerleader, co-owner of jewelry company Shop the WM, and wife of NASCAR driver Austin Dillon.
Mariel Lane: Best friends with Whitney Dillion, former cheerleader and beauty queen, co-owner of Shop the WM, and writer for BFF Blog.
Amber Balcaen: Aspiring NASCAR driver.
Intros aside, the episode primarily centers around Catwalk for a Cause, a charity event hosted by the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation that supports cancer survivors as well as children with cancer. Truex and his longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex, a cancer survivor herself, have put on the event for 10 years and even make a brief cameo in the series premiere
Now, like most reality shows, Racing Wives isn’t without a little bit of drama. Amber Balcaen is angling for the chance to drive for Kyle Busch Motorsports, but the Canada native doesn’t leave the best impression on Kyle and Samantha after they catch her doing a shot with Mariel. Whoops.
The show also has its lighter moments, like when Samantha said that Kyle would look like Pee-Wee Herman in a bowtie and suspenders. I mean, she’s not wrong.
According to NASCAR drivers Brad Keselowski and Bubba Wallace, Racing Wives definitely delivers as far as entertainment value is concerned, and other Twitter users seemed to echo their sentiments.
Not surprisingly, though, not everyone on social media was a fan of the show. After all, reality TV isn’t for everyone.
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