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* TakeThat: Creator/BillCosby is treated kindly by the episode, though one piece of a dialogue was written as a knock on his criticism of the show.

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* TakeThat: Creator/BillCosby is treated kindly by the episode, though one piece of a dialogue was written as a knock on his criticism of the show.show (and also the fact that, at the time, ''The Simpsons'' and ''The Cosby Show'' were scheduled directly against one another, a move which had attracted widespread derision when first announced and predictions it would kill off the animated show's viewership completely).

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** Bart's car: The ''Little Lightning''.

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* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: Bart after winning the race, ironically Nelson was being [[GracefulLoser very polite about it]].
-->'''Marge:''' Bart, you know there's such a thing as being a bad winner.
-->'''Bart:''' Mom, I never won anything before. I may never win anything again.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: Thanks to Martin's genius, he was able to build the fasted car in the race. Unfortunately it was so fast that he lost control during the race and got into a crash that resulted in a broken arm.

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* EveryCarIsAPinto / MadeOfExplodium: Martin's Soapbox car wich has no engine crashes into a brick wall resulting in an explosive fireball.

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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: PlayedForLaughs when the Honor Roller's nose heats up red from air friction and [[MadeOfExplodium explodes into flames]] despite it being a soap box racer and not having any fuel inside!


* JerkAss: Homer becomes this after Bart decides to drive Martin's car. He gets better at the end.



* JerkAss: Homer becomes this after Bart decides to drive Martin's car. He gets better at the end.


* WrongfullyAttributed: For those more familiar with ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsRoadRage'' and ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'', then you'll be surprised to learn that Bart's signature vehicle in both games, the Honor Roller, is actually made for (and by) ''Martin''. Initially, Bart ''is racing against Martin in a completely different Kart'', he only starts using it when Martin gets Injured, and even then, on Martins' teams' behalf.

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* WrongfullyAttributed: For those more familiar with ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsRoadRage'' and ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'', then you'll be surprised to learn that Bart's signature vehicle in both games, the Honor Roller, is actually made for (and by) ''Martin''. Initially, Bart ''is racing against Martin in a completely different Kart'', vehicle'', he only starts using it when Martin gets Injured, injured, and even then, he uses it on Martins' teams' Martin's behalf.


* BadBadActing: In the ShowWithinAShow, [=McBain=] reacts to his partner bleeding out in his hands with something that sounds less like grief and more like mild annoyance.

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* BadBadActing: In the ShowWithinAShow, [=McBain=] reacts to his partner bleeding out in his hands arms with something that sounds less like grief and more like mild annoyance.

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* BadBadActing: In the ShowWithinAShow, [=McBain=] reacts to his partner bleeding out in his hands with something that sounds less like grief and more like mild annoyance.


* JerkAss: Honer becomes this after Bart decides to drive Martin's car. He gets better at the end.

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* JerkAss: Honer Homer becomes this after Bart decides to drive Martin's car. He gets better at the end.

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*SmoochOfVictory: After winning the race, Bart is kissed by a pretty lady (though he is clearly disgusted by it).


* WrongfullyAttributed: For those more familiar with ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsRoadRage'' and ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'', you will be surprised to learn that Bart's signature vehicle in both games, the Honor Roller, is actually made for (and by) ''Martin''. Bart ''is racing against Martin'', but at no point does he drive the kart in question in this episode.

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* WrongfullyAttributed: For those more familiar with ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsRoadRage'' and ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'', you will then you'll be surprised to learn that Bart's signature vehicle in both games, the Honor Roller, is actually made for (and by) ''Martin''. Initially, Bart ''is racing against Martin'', but at no point does Martin in a completely different Kart'', he drive the kart in question in this episode.only starts using it when Martin gets Injured, and even then, on Martins' teams' behalf.


* SpotlightStealingSquad: Variation: those more familiar with ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsRoadRage'' and ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'' will be surprised to learn that Bart's signature vehicle in both, the Honor Roller, was originally ''Martin's''.



* WholePlotReference: The entire thing is a callout to an old Bill Cosby routine about soapbox derby racing.

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* WholePlotReference: The entire thing is a callout to an old Bill Cosby routine about soapbox derby racing.racing.
* WrongfullyAttributed: For those more familiar with ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsRoadRage'' and ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'', you will be surprised to learn that Bart's signature vehicle in both games, the Honor Roller, is actually made for (and by) ''Martin''. Bart ''is racing against Martin'', but at no point does he drive the kart in question in this episode.

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** The card taped next to the paternity test on the refrigerator is a ''TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}}'' card.

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