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Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) is a dim-witted yet charismatic NASCAR superstar who lives by the motto of his [[ParentalAbandonment missing father]] Reese Bobby (Creator/GaryCole): "If you're not first, you're last." Helping him always secure the number one spot on the track is friend and fellow driver Cal Naughton, Jr. (Reilly). A few years after his initial rise to stardom, Bobby has a wealth of endorsements, is married to a babe named Carley (Leslie Bibb), and together they raise their two boys, [[Series/WalkerTexasRanger Walker and Texas Ranger]] Bobby.

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Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) is a dim-witted yet charismatic NASCAR superstar who lives by the motto of his [[ParentalAbandonment missing father]] Reese Bobby (Creator/GaryCole): "If you're not first, you're last." Helping him always secure the number one spot on the track is friend and fellow driver teammate Cal Naughton, Jr. (Reilly). A few years after his initial rise to stardom, Bobby has a wealth of endorsements, is married to a babe named Carley (Leslie Bibb), and together they raise their two boys, [[Series/WalkerTexasRanger Walker and Texas Ranger]] Bobby.



* AcceptableTargets: Every single NASCAR stereotype you can imagine.



* AnachronismStew: An interesting one. At the final Talladega race, when the pace car pulls off on the last restart, Ricky Bobby's and Jean Girard's cars are side-by-side, a la a double-file restart. However, when the movie was filmed, this would not be how they would line up for a restart: while double-file restarts (or "Shootout-style restarts" as they were also called) did exist in 2005 in the Cup Series, they were only used in the non-points Monster Energy Cup races - the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona and the All-Star Race at Charlotte. In points-paying races, the field lined up for restarts with two lines of cars - lead lap cars on the outside line, and lap-down cars on the inside line; on restarts with less than ten laps to go, all of the cars restarted single file whether or not on the lead lap. Double-file restarts were only implemented in points races starting at the 2009 Pocono 500.
** In a reverse case, we see Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton Jr. communicating with each other over their radios. After the Car of Tomorrow came out, it was possible to see a "two car tandem" where two cars would hook up nose-to-tail at restrictor plate tracks and be able to go much faster than the pack, which led to somewhat more competitive racing at Talladega and to a lesser extent at Daytona. In 2012, NASCAR took away the ability for drivers to directly communicate with each other in an effort to restore regular pack racing to plate tracks.

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* AnachronismStew: An interesting one. At the final Talladega race, when the pace car pulls off on the last restart, Ricky Bobby's and Jean Girard's cars are side-by-side, a la a double-file restart. However, when the movie was filmed, this would not be how they would line up for a restart: while double-file restarts (or "Shootout-style restarts" as they were also called) did exist in 2005 in the Cup Series, they were only used in the non-points exhibition Monster Energy Cup races - the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona and the All-Star Race at Charlotte. In points-paying races, the field lined up for restarts with two lines of cars - lead lap cars on the outside line, and lap-down lapped cars on the inside line; on restarts with less than ten laps to go, remaining, all of the cars restarted single file whether or not on the lead lap. Double-file restarts were only implemented in points championship races starting at the 2009 Pocono 500.
** In a reverse case, we see Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton Jr. communicating with each other over their radios. After the Car of Tomorrow came out, was adopted(partially in 2007, fully in 2008), it was possible to see a "two car tandem" where two cars would hook up nose-to-tail at restrictor plate tracks and be able to go much faster than the pack, which led to somewhat more competitive racing at Talladega and to a lesser extent at Daytona. In 2012, NASCAR took away the ability for drivers to directly communicate with each other in an effort to restore regular pack racing to plate tracks.



** The Texas Motor Speedway race is signed as the Dickies 500 (which is now the AAA Texas 500), but there are a few glaring inaccuracies to any NASCAR fan: one, the race ends in the day time, when both Texas races (spring and fall) end under the lights (the spring one is a Saturday night race), which is more true of the fall event (which used to be the Dickies 500) because it is in November. Also, the NASCAR on FOX crew is shown commentating for the race, when at the time of filming, and in the present day, it would have been the NASCAR on NBC team (or, from 2007 to 2014, the NASCAR on ESPN[=/=]ABC team) who would be covering the race. FOX covers the spring Texas race, currently known as the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500.

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** The Texas Motor Speedway fall race is signed as the Dickies 500 (which is now the AAA Texas 500), but there are a few glaring inaccuracies to any NASCAR fan: one, the race ends in the day time, when both Texas races (spring and fall) end under in the lights evening (the spring one is a Saturday night race), which is more true of the fall event (which used to be was formerly called the Dickies 500) because it is in November. Also, the NASCAR on FOX crew is shown commentating for the race, when at the time of filming, and filming(and in the present day, day) it would have been the NASCAR on NBC team (or, from 2007 to 2014, the NASCAR on ESPN[=/=]ABC team) who would be covering the race. FOX covers the spring Texas race, currently known as the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500.



** In the race where Ricky tries to win while driving in reverse there should have been roof flaps deploying. Every NASCAR car has flaps that open up on the roof to prevent them from flying into the air when in a crash. They only open when the car is moving in reverse with sufficient wind speed.
** Ricky Bobby's career starts when, while just a member of the pit crew, he relieves the driver of the #26. While NASCAR does allow relief drivers to get in a car after the race is already started (which often happens with a driver who's recovering from a serious injury who needs to start for points but can't expect to complete the whole race[[note]]for instance, Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart had relief drivers at Talladega in 2013 and 2016 respectively while they recovered from back injuries[[/note]]). But the relief driver must have practiced in a Monster Energy Cup car during that weekend at that track of the event. Since Ricky Bobby is on the pit crew, he would not have practiced a car and therefore would not be allowed to get in the car for his first race.
** When Reese goes to pick up the two Talladega tickets, the sign at the vendor window says "Saturday Tickets." In reality, both of Talladega's Monster Energy Cup races (the circuit Ricky would have been racing in) are held on Sunday. The Saturday race would be the Xfinity Series race on the spring weekend, and the Truck Series race on the fall weekend. The only Monster Energy Cup races held on Saturdays are night races, of which none happen at Talladega because it does not have lights.
** NASCAR did not implement the double file restarts for lead lap cars in point races until midway through the 2009 season[[note]]They did use double-file restarts before then, but only in non-point events[[/note]]. Since Ricky Bobby and Jean Girard were both still on the lead lap, Ricky would have had to line up behind Girard since he was in second place when the caution flag came out. At the time of filming, Ricky would have been black flagged for lining up that way, meaning he could not have won the race, even if he had crossed the line before Girard.
** When Ricky and Cal execute "Shake N' Bake", they down shift, then pull out of line. A few times this occur, they're racing at Talladega. Talladega is a restrictor plate track, meaning that with the exception of restarts, and entering and exiting pit road (which they did at full speed), the drivers don't shift at all under green. Also, Ricky was single-handedly passing multiple cars at Talladega. With today's air packages and restrictor plates, passing one car alone without drafting help is very rare.
** In the climactic race, team owner Larry Dennitt gives Cal team orders, through Cal's crew chief, to take out Ricky so as to keep Ricky from getting past Jean Girard. When Cal refuses to comply, Dennitt orders his third car, Ricky's old #26 ride, to wreck Cal so that Cal can't give Ricky a push. That would be really stupid to pull off in real life since NASCAR monitors radio communications, and the officials would see this as an attempt to manipulate the finish of the race, especially since the #26 shoving Cal into the wall took out most of the field. This would end with all of Dennitt's teams receiving huge fines, point penalties, as well as the suspensions of several personnel, if what happened in real life to Michael Waltrip Racing after they were caught attempting to manipulate the finish of the September 2013 Richmond race to get Martin Truex, Jr. into the Chase means anything[[note]]NASCAR caught MWR engaging in "team orders". They handed down 50 point penalties to all three MWR teams, the highest fine NASCAR has given to anyone so far ($300,000), as well as probations and suspensions among many MWR crew members. The resulting fall out also cost Truex his ride due to NAPA Auto Parts withdrawing their sponsorship from MWR and switching their sponsorship to rising star Chase Elliott, and subsequently caused the downfall and folding of MWR by the end of the 2015 season[[/note]].
** Girard and Ricky are disqualified for getting out of their cars. Their mangled, obliterated, more-metal-and-fiberglass-shavings-than-cars cars. This happened on the final lap. In real life, the NASCAR rule is that once the white flag waves, the next flag will end the race, whether it's the checkered or yellow flag. If the caution happens before the field gets to the finish line, the field is frozen at the instant of caution and the finishing order is determined by photographic evidence and video replays.
** Ricky Bobby's car is shown to have a 5 speed transmission with a reverse gear. NASCAR only allows a 4 speed transmission with a reverse gear.

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** In the race where Ricky tries to win while driving in reverse there should have been roof flaps deploying. Every NASCAR car has flaps that open up on the roof to prevent them from flying into the air when in getting airborne as a result of a crash. They only open when the car is moving in reverse with sufficient wind speed.
** Ricky Bobby's career starts when, while just a member of the pit crew, he relieves the driver of starts to co-drive the #26. While NASCAR does allow relief drivers co-drivers to get in a car after the a race is already has been started (which often happens with a driver who's recovering from a serious injury who needs to start for points the championship but can't expect to complete the whole race[[note]]for instance, Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart had relief substitute drivers at Talladega in 2013 and 2016 respectively while they recovered from back injuries[[/note]]). But the relief driver must have practiced in a Monster Energy Cup car during that weekend at that track of the event. Since Ricky Bobby is on the pit crew, he would not have practiced a car and therefore would not be allowed to get in drive the car for his first race.
in the race.
** When Reese goes to pick up the two Talladega tickets, the sign at the vendor window says "Saturday Tickets." In reality, both of Talladega's Monster Energy Cup races (the circuit Ricky would have been racing in) are held on Sunday. The Saturday race would be the Xfinity Series race on the spring weekend, and the Truck Series race on the fall weekend. The only Monster Energy Cup races held on Saturdays are night races, of which none happen at Talladega because it does not have lights.
** NASCAR did not implement the double file restarts for lead lap cars in point races until midway through the 2009 season[[note]]They did use double-file restarts were done before then, but only in non-point exhibition events[[/note]]. Since Ricky Bobby and Jean Girard were both still on the lead lap, Ricky would have had to line up behind Girard since he was in second place when the caution flag came out. At the time of filming, Ricky would have been black flagged for lining up disqualified attempting to restart that way, meaning he could not have won the race, even if he had crossed the line before Girard.
** When Ricky and Cal execute "Shake N' Bake", they down shift, downshift, then pull out of line. A few times this occur, they're racing at Talladega. Talladega is a restrictor plate spacer(formerly plate) track, meaning that with the exception of restarts, and entering and exiting pit road (which they did at full speed), the drivers don't shift at all under green.no shifting is required. Also, Ricky was single-handedly passing multiple cars at Talladega. With today's air packages and restrictor plates, passing aero package, overtaking even one car alone without drafting help slipstream is very rare.
** In the climactic race, team owner Larry Dennitt gives Cal team orders, through Cal's crew chief, to take out Ricky so as to keep Ricky from getting past Jean Girard. Jean. When Cal refuses to comply, Dennitt orders his third car, Ricky's old #26 ride, drive, to wreck crash Cal so that Cal can't give Ricky a push. out to prevent him from helping Ricky. That would be really stupid to pull off in real life since life, as NASCAR monitors radio communications, and the officials would see this as an attempt to manipulate the finish of the race, especially since the #26 shoving Cal into the wall took out most of the field. This would end with all of Dennitt's teams receiving huge fines, point penalties, deductions, as well as the suspensions of several personnel, if what happened in real life to Michael Waltrip Racing after they were caught attempting to manipulate the finish of the September 2013 Richmond race to get Martin Truex, Jr. into the Chase means anything[[note]]NASCAR caught MWR Waltrip engaging in "team orders". They handed down issued 50 point penalties deductions to all three MWR teams, Waltrip cars, the highest largest fine NASCAR has given issued to anyone so far ($300,000), as well as probations and suspensions among many MWR Waltrip crew members. The resulting fall out also cost Truex his ride drive due to NAPA Auto Parts withdrawing their sponsorship from MWR Waltrip and switching their sponsorship it to rising star Chase Elliott, and subsequently caused the downfall and folding of MWR the team by the end of the 2015 season[[/note]].
** Girard and Ricky are disqualified for getting out of their cars. Their mangled, obliterated, more-metal-and-fiberglass-shavings-than-cars cars. This happened on the final lap. In real life, the NASCAR rule is that once the white flag waves, final lap is started the next flag will end the race, whether it's the checkered or yellow flag. yellow. If the caution happens occurs before the field gets to reaches the finish line, the field is frozen at the instant moment of caution and the finishing order is determined by photographic evidence and video replays.
** Ricky Bobby's Ricky's car is shown to have a 5 speed 5-speed transmission with a reverse gear. NASCAR only allows a 4 speed 4-speed transmission with a reverse gear.



** The teams from both FOX (Mike Joy, Larry [=McReynolds=] and Darrell Waltrip, and NBC (Bill Weber, Wally Dallenbach, and Benny Parsons) at the time of the filming make appearances. The NBC team establishes that Ricky's comeback race is supposed to be the 2005 UAW-Ford 500, of which some of the racing footage was comprised from.

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** The teams from both FOX (Mike Joy, Larry [=McReynolds=] and Darrell Waltrip, and NBC (Bill Weber, Wally Dallenbach, and Benny Parsons) at the time of the filming make appearances. The NBC team establishes that Ricky's comeback race is supposed to be the 2005 UAW-Ford 500, of which some of the racing footage was comprised from.



* AsYouKnow: Reese and Ricky review the origins of stock car racing.

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* AsYouKnow: Reese and Ricky narmingly review the origins of stock car racing.



* BerserkButton: Don't you put that evil on me, Ricky Bobby!
* BlindDriving: Ricky's dad makes him do this. [[EpicFail It doesn't go well.]]

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* BerserkButton: Don't "Don't you put that evil on me, Ricky Bobby!
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* BlindDriving: Ricky's dad Reese makes him Ricky do this. [[EpicFail It doesn't go well.]]



** Ricky's mother, Lucy Bobby, certainly counts when she whips [[SpoiledBrat Walker and Texas Ranger]] into shape.
* CuckoolanderCommentator: NBC reporter John Hannafin keeps mistaking people in the grandstands for famous celebrities. First, he's caught mistaking a man for Music/KennyRogers, despite Bill Weber telling him, "John, that's ''not'' Kenny Rogers," and Hannafin is later seen trying to interview a black man that he thinks is Larry Bird, who is ''white''.

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** Ricky's mother, Lucy Bobby, Lucy, certainly counts when she whips [[SpoiledBrat Walker and Texas Ranger]] into shape.
* CuckoolanderCommentator: NBC reporter John Hannafin keeps mistaking continuously mistakes people in the grandstands for famous celebrities. First, he's caught mistaking a man for Music/KennyRogers, despite Bill Weber telling him, "John, that's ''not'' Kenny Rogers," and Hannafin is later seen trying to interview a black man that he thinks is Larry Bird, who is ''white''.



* DarkHorseVictory: [[spoiler:Both Ricky and Girard are disqualified for having gotten out of their cars, so the trophy goes to Cal, who was in third place when the big crash took out everyone on the grid except for Ricky and Girard.]]

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* DarkHorseVictory: [[spoiler:Both Ricky and Girard are disqualified for having gotten out of exited their cars, so the trophy win goes to Cal, who was in third place when the big crash took out everyone on the entire grid except for Ricky and Girard.]]



* DramaticDrop: A bar patron drops his beer the second that Jean Girard introduced everyone to his husband.
* {{Eagleland}}: The red-blooded American Ricky Bobby vs. cultured gay French driver Jean Girard.
** To further cement Ricky's {{Eagleland}} stereotype, he owns multiple [=SUVs=], eats a bountiful harvest of fast food for every meal, has a shallow, gold-digging trophy wife, and prays to Lord Baby Jesus - and gets paid to promote Powerade every time he says grace.

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* DramaticDrop: A bar patron drops his beer the second that Jean Girard introduced introduces everyone to his husband.
* {{Eagleland}}: The red-blooded American Ricky Bobby vs. cultured gay French driver Jean Girard.
** To further cement Ricky's {{Eagleland}} stereotype, he owns multiple [=SUVs=], eats a bountiful harvest of fast food for every meal, has a shallow, gold-digging trophy wife, and prays to Lord "Lord Baby Jesus Jesus" - and gets paid to promote Powerade every time he says grace.



* {{Expy}}: John Hannafin, the roaming NBC reporter at the last race, may be based on FOX Sports' Jeff Hammond

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* {{Expy}}: John Hannafin, the roaming NBC reporter at the last race, may be based on FOX Sports' Jeff HammondHammond.



** Carley Bobby. She even takes her shirt off to flash Ricky.

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** Carley Bobby. She even Bobby, who takes her shirt off to flash Ricky.



* FlexibleTourneyRules: Averted. Girard and Ricky [[spoiler:are disqualified for getting out of their cars. Their mangled, obliterated, more-metal-and-fiberglass-shavings-than-cars cars.]][[note]]In reality, if this sort of crash happened on the last lap, the running order would freeze at the instant of caution and video replays would be used to determine the order of finish[[/note]]

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* FlexibleTourneyRules: Averted. Girard and Ricky [[spoiler:are disqualified for getting out of exiting their cars. Their mangled, obliterated, more-metal-and-fiberglass-shavings-than-cars cars.]][[note]]In reality, if this sort of crash happened on the last lap, the running order would freeze at the instant of caution and video replays would be used to determine the order of finish[[/note]]]]



* GoldenMoment: Susan’s monologue about how Ricky is only representing himself, and is not running the race [[WellDoneSonGuy to gain anyone’s love or approval]]. This is repeated again by Ricky’s dad after the race. As is typical of these moments, it is followed up by a moment-breaking joke [[ItMakesSenseInContext about Applebee’s]].
* HeroAntagonist: Jean Girard.

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* GoldenMoment: Susan’s monologue about how Ricky is only representing himself, and is not running the race [[WellDoneSonGuy to gain anyone’s love or approval]]. This is repeated again by Ricky’s dad after the race. As is typical of these moments, it is followed up by a moment-breaking joke [[ItMakesSenseInContext about Applebee’s]].
* HeroAntagonist: Jean Girard.
Applebee's]]



** One example is that the outtakes show some of Cal and Ricky's commercials that were ultimately cut from the film - like an advertisement for funeral homes or a public message about packs of stray dogs that are roaming through major cities.

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** One example is that the outtakes show some Several examples consist of Cal and Ricky's commercials that were ultimately cut from the film - like an advertisement for funeral homes or a public message about packs of stray dogs that are roaming through major cities.



* ManOnFire: {{Parodied}} when Ricky wrecks his car. He's not actually on fire, but he runs around shouting that he is. Adding to the hilarity, Cal then runs up to save him from the non-existent fire.

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* ManOnFire: {{Parodied}} when Ricky wrecks crashed his car. He's not actually on fire, but he runs around shouting that he is. Adding to the hilarity, Cal then runs up to save him from the non-existent fire.



* MsFanservice: Carly Bobby, played by Leslie Bibb.

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* MsFanservice: Carly Carley Bobby, played by Leslie Bibb.



-->'''Announcer''': “Ricky Bobby wins! You’ll never see anything like that in a hundred lifetimes! It was completely illegal and in no way will count, but man that was something!”

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-->'''Announcer''': -->'''Bill Weber''': “Ricky Bobby wins! You’ll never see anything like that in a hundred lifetimes! It was completely illegal and in no way will count, but man that was something!”



** When the Big One hits during the final race, as the result of Cal Naughton, Jr.'s teammate hooking Naughton into the wall for helping Ricky Bobby overtake Jean Girard, every single car in the pack piles in and only two cars (Ricky and Girard) are left running and on the lead lap. Big crashes that reduced the number of cars in contention significantly have happened in RealLife at the Cup and Busch races at Talladega, although typically, with the exception of maybe the wreck on lap 14 in the 2002 Aaron's 312 Xfinity race[[note]]That wreck is the biggest wreck in modern NASCAR history, with 31 cars involved in that single crash (only 12 drivers escaped the wreck undamaged; with Stacy Compton, eventual race winner Jason Keller, and Kenny Wallace being ahead of the crash; C.W. Smith, Hank Parker, Jr., Casey Mears, Tim Fedewa, Andy Kirby, Larry Gunselman, and Chad Chaffin being able to brake in time or had lost the draft and fallen too far behind the crashed pack; and Christian Elder and Brad Teague already retired before the crash happened). Eventually, only 3 cars finished in the lead lap, with 3rd place Tim Fedewa (who was supposed to park the car) being half a lap down from the two leaders[[/note]], there are more than two cars still running on the lead lap.

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** When the Big One hits during the final race, as the result of Cal Naughton, Jr.'s Cal's teammate hooking Naughton into the wall for helping Ricky Bobby overtake Jean Girard, every single car in the pack piles in and only two cars (Ricky and Girard) are left running and on the lead lap. Big crashes that reduced the number of cars in contention significantly have happened in RealLife at the Cup and Busch Xfinity races at Talladega, although typically, with the exception of maybe the wreck on lap 14 huge crash in the 2002 Aaron's 312 Xfinity race[[note]]That wreck crash is the biggest wreck largest in modern NASCAR history, with 31 cars involved in that single crash (only 12 drivers escaped the wreck undamaged; with Stacy Compton, eventual race winner Jason Keller, and Kenny Wallace being ahead of the crash; C.W. Smith, Hank Parker, Jr., Casey Mears, Tim Fedewa, Andy Kirby, Larry Gunselman, and Chad Chaffin being able to brake in time or had lost the draft slipstream and fallen too far behind the crashed pack; and Christian Elder and Brad Teague already retired before the crash happened). Eventually, only 3 cars finished in on the lead lap, with 3rd place Tim Fedewa (who was supposed to park the car) start-and-park) being half a lap down from the two leaders[[/note]], them[[/note]], there are more than two cars still running on the lead lap.



* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: "If you ain't first, you're last." Ricky Bobby bases his entire life on this one phrase his father told him, and earnestly believes it to the point that he can't deal with the idea of someone being better than him. He has a nervous breakdown when he wrecks in his first race against Jean Girard and needs training just to know how to go fast again.

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* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: "If you ain't first, you're last." Ricky Bobby bases his entire life on this one phrase his father told him, and earnestly believes it to the point that he can't deal with the idea of someone being better than him. He has a nervous breakdown when he wrecks crashed in his first race against Jean Girard and needs training just to know how to go fast drive properly again.



** The plot ''very'' loosely imitates the 1990 Creator/TomCruise racing movie ''Days of Thunder''. Ricky Bobby is like Cole Trickle; Jean Girard is a combination of Rowdy Burns and Russ Wheeler, etc. By coincidence, John C. Reilly appears in both movies (as Cole's car chief in ''Days of Thunder'', here as Cal Naughton, Jr.).

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** The plot ''very'' loosely imitates the 1990 Creator/TomCruise racing movie ''Days of Thunder''. Ricky Bobby is like similar to Cole Trickle; Jean Girard is a combination of Rowdy Burns and Russ Wheeler, etc. By coincidence, John C. Reilly appears in both movies (as Cole's car chief head engineer in ''Days of Thunder'', here as Cal Naughton, Jr.).



** Amy Adams StarMakingRole in ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' was still a year away when Talladega Nights came out. Her role in this film is more a case of RetroactiveRecognition.

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** Amy Adams StarMakingRole in ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' was still a year away when Talladega Nights came out.was released. Her role in this film is more a case of RetroactiveRecognition.



* ThrowingOffTheDisability: Ricky Bobby thought that he had become paralyzed despite the doctors telling him that he's fine and that his mind is making him think he's paralyzed. It took a knife to the leg to make him realize he's okay. The broken arm is another example of this. For the record, after making Girard break his arm, Ricky would not in real life be able to get behind the wheel of his racecar so quickly - he'd have to be medically cleared to race by NASCAR.

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* ThrowingOffTheDisability: Ricky Bobby thought that he had become paralyzed despite the doctors telling him that he's fine and that his mind is making him think he's paralyzed. It took a knife to the leg to make him realize he's okay. The broken arm is another example of this. For the record, after making Girard break breaks his arm, Ricky would not in real life be able to get behind the wheel of his racecar start driving again so quickly - he'd have to be medically cleared to race by NASCAR.



* TwoFirstNames: Any member of the Bobby family by default. Lampshaded at the beginning of the film. Also, Jean Girard.

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* TwoFirstNames: Any member of the Bobby family by default. Lampshaded at the beginning of the film. Also, Jean Girard.



* WinWinEnding: [[spoiler:Literally every plot thread in the movie ends positively for all parties involved. For the main ones: Ricky finds the will to race again, beats Girard at Talladega, and rekindles his relationship with his long-lost father, as well as ''growing up'' a little from the expirence. Girard loses to Ricky (which means he's finally found a WorthyOpponent), earns enough of his respect to receive a kiss, and the two of them seem to be building a friendly rivalry. Cal realizes what a jerk he's been and helps Ricky beat Girard, but the manner of their finish gets them disqualified, so Cal wins Talladega instead ''(finally getting the gold metal he always wanted)''; after the race, he apologizes to Ricky, who accepts, but also lets Cal keep racing on his own team and earn his own fame. And Granny turned the boys into better people.]]
* WorstAid: Ricky stabs himself in the leg wiuth a knife, and what do his buddies do? They try to dig it out...with ''another'' knife!
* WorthyOpponent: Jean Girard is looking for one, and believes he’s found it in Ricky Bobby.

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* WinWinEnding: [[spoiler:Literally every plot thread in the movie ends positively for all parties involved. For the main ones: Ricky finds the will to race again, beats Girard at Talladega, and rekindles his relationship with his long-lost father, as well as ''growing up'' a little from the expirence. Girard loses to Ricky (which means he's finally found a WorthyOpponent), earns enough of his respect to receive a kiss, and the two of them seem to be building a friendly rivalry. Cal realizes what a jerk he's been and helps Ricky beat Girard, but the manner of their finish gets them disqualified, so Cal wins Talladega instead ''(finally getting the gold metal medal he always wanted)''; after the race, he apologizes to Ricky, who accepts, but also lets Cal keep racing on his own team and earn his own fame. And Granny Ricky's mother turned the boys his children into better people.]]
* WorstAid: Ricky stabs himself in the leg wiuth with a knife, and what do his buddies do? They try to dig it out...with ''another'' knife!
* WorthyOpponent: Jean Girard is looking for one, and after the final race believes he’s found it in Ricky Bobby.


* AffectionateParody: Of UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} and southern culture in general.

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* AffectionateParody: Of UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} and southern Southern culture in general.


** In the climatic race, team owner Larry Dennitt gives Cal team orders, through Cal's crew chief, to take out Ricky so as to keep Ricky from getting past Jean Girard. When Cal refuses to comply, Dennitt orders his third car, Ricky's old #26 ride, to wreck Cal so that Cal can't give Ricky a push. That would be really stupid to pull off in real life since NASCAR monitors radio communications, and the officials would see this as an attempt to manipulate the finish of the race, especially since the #26 shoving Cal into the wall took out most of the field. This would end with all of Dennitt's teams receiving huge fines, point penalties, as well as the suspensions of several personnel, if what happened in real life to Michael Waltrip Racing after they were caught attempting to manipulate the finish of the September 2013 Richmond race to get Martin Truex, Jr. into the Chase means anything[[note]]NASCAR caught MWR engaging in "team orders". They handed down 50 point penalties to all three MWR teams, the highest fine NASCAR has given to anyone so far ($300,000), as well as probations and suspensions among many MWR crew members. The resulting fall out also cost Truex his ride due to NAPA Auto Parts withdrawing their sponsorship from MWR and switching their sponsorship to rising star Chase Elliott, and subsequently caused the downfall and folding of MWR by the end of the 2015 season[[/note]].

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** In the climatic climactic race, team owner Larry Dennitt gives Cal team orders, through Cal's crew chief, to take out Ricky so as to keep Ricky from getting past Jean Girard. When Cal refuses to comply, Dennitt orders his third car, Ricky's old #26 ride, to wreck Cal so that Cal can't give Ricky a push. That would be really stupid to pull off in real life since NASCAR monitors radio communications, and the officials would see this as an attempt to manipulate the finish of the race, especially since the #26 shoving Cal into the wall took out most of the field. This would end with all of Dennitt's teams receiving huge fines, point penalties, as well as the suspensions of several personnel, if what happened in real life to Michael Waltrip Racing after they were caught attempting to manipulate the finish of the September 2013 Richmond race to get Martin Truex, Jr. into the Chase means anything[[note]]NASCAR caught MWR engaging in "team orders". They handed down 50 point penalties to all three MWR teams, the highest fine NASCAR has given to anyone so far ($300,000), as well as probations and suspensions among many MWR crew members. The resulting fall out also cost Truex his ride due to NAPA Auto Parts withdrawing their sponsorship from MWR and switching their sponsorship to rising star Chase Elliott, and subsequently caused the downfall and folding of MWR by the end of the 2015 season[[/note]].


[[caption-width-right:300:''[[{{Tagline}} The story of a man who could only count to #1.]] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:''[[{{Tagline}} The story of a man who could only count to #1.]] ]]
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Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) is a dim-witted yet charismatic NASCAR superstar who lives by the motto of his [[ParentalAbandonment missing father]] Reese Bobby (Creator/GaryCole): "If you're not first, you're last." Helping him always secure the number one spot on the track is friend and fellow driver Cal Naughton, Jr. (Reilly). A few years after his initial rise to stardom, Bobby has a wealth of endorsements, is married to a babe named Carley (Leslie Bibb), and together they raise their two boys, [[Series/WalkerTexasRanger Walker]] and [[Series/WalkerTexasRanger Texas Ranger]] Bobby.

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Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) is a dim-witted yet charismatic NASCAR superstar who lives by the motto of his [[ParentalAbandonment missing father]] Reese Bobby (Creator/GaryCole): "If you're not first, you're last." Helping him always secure the number one spot on the track is friend and fellow driver Cal Naughton, Jr. (Reilly). A few years after his initial rise to stardom, Bobby has a wealth of endorsements, is married to a babe named Carley (Leslie Bibb), and together they raise their two boys, [[Series/WalkerTexasRanger Walker]] Walker and [[Series/WalkerTexasRanger Texas Ranger]] Bobby.


* WinWinEnding: [[spoiler:Literally every plot thread in the movie ends positively for all parties involved. For the main ones: Ricky finds the will to race again, beats Girard at Talladega, and rekindles his relationship with his long-lost father, as well as ''growing up'' a little from the expirence. Girard loses to Ricky (which means he's finally found a WorthyOpponent), earns enough of his respect to receive a kiss, and the two of them seem to be building a friendly rivalry. Cal realizes what a jerk he's been and helps Ricky beat Girard, but the manner of their finish gets them disqualified, so Cal wins Talladega instead ''(finally getting the gold metal he always wanted)''; after the race, he apologizes to Ricky, who accepts, but also lets Cal keep racing on his own team and earn his own fame. Even Carly seems fine with having lost to Susan (after seeing her impressive boobs).]]

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* WinWinEnding: [[spoiler:Literally every plot thread in the movie ends positively for all parties involved. For the main ones: Ricky finds the will to race again, beats Girard at Talladega, and rekindles his relationship with his long-lost father, as well as ''growing up'' a little from the expirence. Girard loses to Ricky (which means he's finally found a WorthyOpponent), earns enough of his respect to receive a kiss, and the two of them seem to be building a friendly rivalry. Cal realizes what a jerk he's been and helps Ricky beat Girard, but the manner of their finish gets them disqualified, so Cal wins Talladega instead ''(finally getting the gold metal he always wanted)''; after the race, he apologizes to Ricky, who accepts, but also lets Cal keep racing on his own team and earn his own fame. Even Carly seems fine with having lost to Susan (after seeing her impressive boobs).And Granny turned the boys into better people.]]


* WinWinEnding: [[spoiler:Literally every plot thread in the movie ends positively for all parties involved. For the main ones: Ricky finds the will to race again, beats Girard at Talladega, and rekindles his relationship with his long-lost father. Girard loses to Ricky (which means he's finally found a WorthyOpponent), earns enough of his respect to receive a kiss, and the two of them seem to be building a friendly rivalry. Cal realizes what a jerk he's been and helps Ricky beat Girard, but the manner of their finish gets them disqualified, so he wins Talladega instead (finally getting the gold metal he always wanted); after the race, he apologizes to Ricky, who accepts, but also lets Cal keep racing on his own team and earn his own fame.]]

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* WinWinEnding: [[spoiler:Literally every plot thread in the movie ends positively for all parties involved. For the main ones: Ricky finds the will to race again, beats Girard at Talladega, and rekindles his relationship with his long-lost father.father, as well as ''growing up'' a little from the expirence. Girard loses to Ricky (which means he's finally found a WorthyOpponent), earns enough of his respect to receive a kiss, and the two of them seem to be building a friendly rivalry. Cal realizes what a jerk he's been and helps Ricky beat Girard, but the manner of their finish gets them disqualified, so he Cal wins Talladega instead (finally ''(finally getting the gold metal he always wanted); wanted)''; after the race, he apologizes to Ricky, who accepts, but also lets Cal keep racing on his own team and earn his own fame.fame. Even Carly seems fine with having lost to Susan (after seeing her impressive boobs).]]


* WinWinEnding: [[spoiler:Literally every plot thread in the movie ends positively for all parties involved. For the main ones: Ricky finds the will to race again, beats Girard at Talladega, and rekindles his relationship with his long-lost father. Girard loses to Ricky (which means he's finally found a WorthyOpponent), earns enough of his respect to receive a kiss, and the two of them seem to be building a friendly rivalry. Cal realizes what a jerk he's been and helps Ricky beat Girard, but the manner of their finish gets them disqualified, so he wins Talladega instead; after the race, he apologizes to Ricky, who accepts, but also lets Cal keep racing on his own team and earn his own fame.]]

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* WinWinEnding: [[spoiler:Literally every plot thread in the movie ends positively for all parties involved. For the main ones: Ricky finds the will to race again, beats Girard at Talladega, and rekindles his relationship with his long-lost father. Girard loses to Ricky (which means he's finally found a WorthyOpponent), earns enough of his respect to receive a kiss, and the two of them seem to be building a friendly rivalry. Cal realizes what a jerk he's been and helps Ricky beat Girard, but the manner of their finish gets them disqualified, so he wins Talladega instead; instead (finally getting the gold metal he always wanted); after the race, he apologizes to Ricky, who accepts, but also lets Cal keep racing on his own team and earn his own fame.]]


* AnarchyIsChaos: Ricky's children appear to have this view, despite admitting to not knowing what the term means.

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* AnarchyIsChaos: Ricky's children appear to have this view, despite admitting to not knowing what the term means. Or least the younger one doesn't.



* OverusedRunningGag: Ricky running around in just his underwear and helmet thinking that he is on fire gets old after it only comes on ''twice.''

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* OverusedRunningGag: OverusedRunningGag Ricky running around in just his underwear and helmet thinking that he is on fire gets old after it only comes on ''twice.''the second time.


--> "Help me, Jesus! Help me, Allah! Help me, Jewish God!"

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--> "Help me, “Help me Jesus! Help me, me Jewish God! Help me Allah! Help me, Jewish God!" me Tom Cruise! Tom Cruise use your witchcraft on me to get the fire off me! Help me Oprah Winfrey!” -- Ricky Bobby

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* ManOnFire: {{Parodied}} when Ricky wrecks his car. He's not actually on fire, but he runs around shouting that he is. Adding to the hilarity, Cal then runs up to save him from the non-existent fire.
--> '''Ricky:''' I'M ON FIRE! HELP ME, JESUS! HELP ME, ALLAH! HELP ME, JEWISH GOD!


* CuckoolanderCommentator: NBC reporter John Hannafin keeps mistaking people in the grandstands for famous celebrities. First, he's caught mistaking a man for Music/KennyRogers, despite Bill Weber telling him, "John, that's ''not'' Kenny Rogers," and Hannafin is later seen trying to interview a black man that he thinks is Larry Byrd, who is ''white''.

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* CuckoolanderCommentator: NBC reporter John Hannafin keeps mistaking people in the grandstands for famous celebrities. First, he's caught mistaking a man for Music/KennyRogers, despite Bill Weber telling him, "John, that's ''not'' Kenny Rogers," and Hannafin is later seen trying to interview a black man that he thinks is Larry Byrd, Bird, who is ''white''.

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* WorstAid: Ricky stabs himself in the leg wiuth a knife, and what do his buddies do? They try to dig it out...with ''another'' knife!


* PrecisionFStrike: From the well-mannered Girard. "By the way, Ricky, I saw the ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' movie! It was ''shit''!" Or Girard's earlier line, "[[Disney/TheLionKing Hakuna Matata]], ''bitches''!"

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* PrecisionFStrike: From the well-mannered Girard. "By the way, Ricky, I saw the ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' movie! It was ''shit''!" Or Girard's earlier line, "[[Disney/TheLionKing Hakuna Matata]], ''bitches''!"''[[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitches]]''!"

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* BlindDriving: Ricky's dad makes him do this. [[EpicFail It doesn't go well.]]

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* EmergencyMultifaithPrayer: When he thinks he's on fire after he crashes.
--> "Help me, Jesus! Help me, Allah! Help me, Jewish God!"

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