Maybe the secret to a NASCAR bounceback when it comes to attendance and television ratings is a reality series about the wives of drivers.
CMT announced that “Racing Wives” will premiere on the network in early 2019. Here’s a description of the show straight from the press release that identifies the women who will be the main characters. We are not liable for any injuries that arise if you roll your eyes too hard.
A stone’s throw away from the high-octane race tracks where legends rise and sometimes fall, the “Racing Wives” offers a rare glimpse inside the opulent eye-popping mansions and private planes that regally decorate the banks of Lake Norman, North Carolina. The cast features sisters-in-law Ashley and Samantha Busch, married to Kurt and Kyle Busch who are each balancing family life with their own ambitions. Looking to take her rightful spot in the wives’ club is Whitney Ward Dillon, former cheerleader and now wife of Austin Dillon, who is torn between fitting in with her fellow wives while staying true to her best friend and cheerleader ride-or-die Mariel Lane. Also featured is Amber Balcaen, an aspiring NASCAR driver who is new to the racing community and left everything, including her boyfriend, back home in Canada to come to North Carolina to pursue her dream.
Ashley Busch recently played in a polo match with Prince Harry as her teammate. Maybe that will be in the show.
We’re not sure at all about the sentence involving Whitney Dillon. How can you be torn between fitting in with your “fellow wives while staying true” to your “best friend and cheerleader.” And what is a cheerleader ride-or-die? Lane has worked for Monster as a Monster girl. She’s engaged to a crew member on Dillon’s team.
Balcaen has made just one start at any of the top five levels of stock car racing. She finished 20th in February 2017 at New Smyrna Speedway in a K&N East Series race.
Samantha and Kyle Busch have already been in a reality show. They had a miniseries on ESPN in 2010 called “Riding Shotgun.” It was entertaining. We’ll see if this new show has even a fraction of the entertainment potential.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.