Wednesday night’s episode was all about the power of Veto, but Christmas Abbott, our Raleigh homegirl with the busted up foot, had an interesting exchange with one-half of the house’s nauseating Cody-Jessica power couple.
Cody was making something to eat (or maybe to drink, really hard to tell) in the kitchen and cracked that he was working “like a NASCAR pit crew.”
Christmas, who was the first female on a pit crew in a NASCAR Sprint Cup series, laughed. She asked Cody if he followed NASCAR and he said yes.
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Christmas: “Do you remember that girl that went into the pit crew?”
Cody: “Was she a tire changer?”
Christmas: “She was a tire changer.”
Cody: “Wow! She must be a beast.”
Cody: “Is it somebody … you know her?”
Cody (laughing): “Was it you?”
Cody: “SHUT UP. You’re lying.”
Let’s just say Cody is impressed (or at least he pretends to be — he is a bit of a snake). He asks her which team she worked on and she tells him Michael Waltrip.
“I will geek out on this if you let me, so if I get too geeky just say ‘pump pump pump,’” Christmas tells him.
Christmas then proceeds to geek out with all her stats and stories about how gnarly it all was.
“It was more of an accomplishment of how far I’ve come with my life than just being a female in a male dominated sport,” Christmas later tells the camera.
Cody later tells the camera that while he is impressed by Christmas’ NASCAR stories, he was also playing it up a little to seem like more of a human being who is capable of interacting with other human beings.
Later in the show, Christmas gets picked for the Veto competition again, but this time the competition involves memorizing smoothie ingredients, so she can participate.
Unfortunately, she was the first person eliminated. Which doesn’t really mean anything for her, to be honest.
Someone gets eliminated Thursday night, but Christmas is not on the block.
Christmas, who worked as a civilian contractor in Iraq in 2004, started Crossfit training in 2006. She's the owner of CrossFit Invoke in Raleigh, and in 2012, became the first woman to work in a NASCAR pit crew. She is also the author of two books.