In this movie Will Ferrell plays Ricky Bobby, a Nascar driver who loves the need for speed and enjoys going fast and winning races. Ricky was raised by a strick devout Christian mother who was married to a jail bird of a father. When Ricky was a mere 10 year old boy, his father decided to show up at his schools career day, but managed to get kicked out of the school due to his terrible language in front of the small children. Ricky did not see his father for many years after that point.
While involved in racing Ricky meets his best friend Cal once again and arranges to have his be a part of his team. He also meets his wife Carly who enjoys the finer things in life and wants to be with a winner and not someone who loses.
When Ricky rises to the top of Nascar he decides that he can have the ultimate dream life and buys a huge mansion with a beautiful gleaming pool, all the cars possible and any other toys that a millionaires money could buy a person.
Ricky wrecked and went crazy thinking he was on fire and paralyzed after his car went soaring through the air. He even is in a wheelchair for a length of period. His wife then divorces him and marries Cal who is the new Rickey Bobby in the Nascar circut.
Ricky takes his children back to his town and tried to teach them to work for a living like he did, however they are rude children who have to be set straight by their God fearing grandmother.
Later on in the movie Ricky and Cal mend their friendship and vow to never part ways with one another again. Ricky gets back into racing where Cal decides that he enjoys fixing cars better than actually racing them and this concludes the end of the movie.