'Racing Wives': Each character's best quote from the first season finale

The first season finale of CMT’s reality show Racing Wives aired Friday night, wrapping up just about all the story lines.

Sisters-in-law Samantha and Ashley Busch are watching their husbands, Kyle and Kurt, grow closer to each other because of their relationship. Whitney Dillon, Austin Dillon’s wife, and Mariel Swan, who’s now married to Paul Swan, a tire carrier on Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet team, are still best friends — although they definitely don’t get along with Samantha and Ashley. And that’s OK.

Sam and Kyle, after openly speaking about undergoing IVF treatments to conceive a second child, talk about their miscarriage in a series of heartbreaking scenes.

Amber Balcaen, an aspiring NASCAR driver, finally got her shot to race a late model for Kyle Busch Motorsports. She drove at Hickory Motor Speedway in August 2018 — the show was shot last year — but she blew a tire and crashed, making it through only 19 of 500 laps. However, not seen on the show, she also competed for KBM in one race in 2019, and she started 22nd and finished 14th.

So for the eighth and final episode of the first season of Racing Wives, here is each character’s best quote from the show. (They are in chronological order.)

Kyle Busch

While testing at Hickory Motor Speedway ahead of her first late model race for Kyle Busch Motorsports, Amber was struggling a little bit, and at one point, she lost control and almost wrecked. Kyle, who surprised her by showing up to the test, gave her some basic instructions while sketching the track out on a piece of paper. And then he took Amber for a ride around the track in his passenger Toyota, highlighting what she should be doing at each moment on the track.

Coach Kyle Busch said:

“I would do a nice, smooth roll out, roll out, roll out. Be out of the gas and not use a lot of brake, but then start using brake, start using brake, start using brake. Be on the brakes, get the thing to turn and point, off the brakes, go.”

Whitney Dillon

“You know what I did this morning? I sprayed my face on accident with hairspray instead of my hair.”

Amber Balcaen

Reflecting on her test at Hickory before racing, Amber told her mom: “I kind of had a moment like, is this my life? I’m being coached by Kyle Busch in Kyle Busch’s car right now. Like, this is nuts.”

Mariel Swan

Mariel and Whitney continue to clash with Samantha and Ashley, so at the fall Charlotte Motor Speedway race, they met in the motorhome lot to talk it out. While Sam and Ashley have invited Whitney and Mariel to participate in a variety of activities, the latter two don’t always show up.

When they do, they don’t always get along, and, as Mariel previously told For The Win, they might just be like water and oil: “Neither one of them is wrong, but it just doesn’t mix sometimes.”

Accusing them of gaslighting her, Mariel said:

“I just feel like Ashley and Sam are trying to ignite me to making me feel like this was all my fault and that I was acting irrationally. I just feel like I’m being bamboozled.”

Although Samantha and Ashley did invite Whitney and Mariel to a lot, when they were all together, the Busch sisters-in-law weren’t always the most friendly in person toward them. So Mariel’s point is valid, as is what she said about them all being wrong at times and needing to be accountable.

Ashley Busch

Ashley also recognized that maybe they’re just not all supposed to be friends, which is fine. She brought up an interesting point, suggesting that Mariel doesn’t want to be friends with her because she doesn’t want Whitney to be friends with her and is being protective.

She said:

“I know for a fact I’ve made an effort. Have you thought once about maybe it’s you that’s coming off the wrong way? …

“I’ve extended the olive branch multiple times, and yet, I’m accused of not being nice? It’s not worth my time or energy anymore.”

Maybe all of them are part right and wrong here. Water. Oil.

Brexton Busch

At Hickory Motor Speedway, Brexton and Samantha said hi to Amber by her car, and then-3-year-old Brexton asked: “Are you going to win in this car?”

Samantha Busch

If you ever need a little motivation, Samantha might be the right person for a pep talk. Before Amber’s race started — she qualified 26th of 28 drivers — Samantha told her:

“You got this. This is your chance to prove everybody — every sponsor that told you no, everybody who told us no for how many months, you’ve gotta get out there, and you’ve gotta get it. Go get ’em!”

(Note: Racing Wives said the field had 26 drivers, but Racing Reference says there were 28.)

Jordan Reaves

Jordan is Amber’s long-distance boyfriend and high school sweetheart, and he made more appearances as the show went on. He’s also a defensive lineman in the CFL for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, so he offered some words of encouragement to another professional athlete after Amber’s crash:

“Never let one bad play beat you twice. … I’ll never give up on you.”

A little cheesy but also sweet and supportive.

Kurt Busch

After the Phoenix playoff race, Samantha and Kyle and Ashley and Kurt went to Los Angeles. While having drinks, Sam and Kurt had this exchange:

Sam: Brexton won’t ride a bike. He says there’s no motor in it, he won’t do it.
Kurt: That’s epic!

And then Kurt volunteered to convince Brexton to get on a bike.