SpongeBob wakes up, as well as Gary, as he blows a trumpet in his face. He tells the world he is ready. He sees Squidward getting a package in the mail, with the Norton erroneously pronouncing his last name as "Tennisballs." SpongeBob questions that Squidward's last name is "Tentacles," and Patrick says, poor guy. He opens the cage, which contains a snail named Snellie. Patrick checks out Squidward's new snail. SpongeBob sees this and tells Gary that he has a new little playmate. However, Squidward immediately protests and explains that Snellie is a purebred of the highest pedigree and that she is going to be entered in the Bikini Bottom Snail Race on Sunday and she will win it. SpongeBob says that he can't enter Gary because Sunday is laundry day. Squidward then tells SpongeBob that he can't enter Gary because Gary is a "mutt," which offends SpongeBob. He asks what makes Squidward think Gary couldn't win. Squidward says the paper. Patrick reads Snellie's pedigree certificate and misreads Squidward's name as "Tentpoles," which makes Squidward angry, yet again. SpongeBob decides to enter Gary into the race. Patrick also decides to enter into the competition. SpongeBob (wearing a play mustache and a coach's outfit) tells Gary to start training now, even calling him a 'lady' to demean him, which causes a walking Sandy to decide to kick SpongeBob's butt tomorrow, but she doesn't know why.
SpongeBob makes a shake with weird ingredients and gives it to Gary, but Gary runs to the living room. Patrick shows SpongeBob his snail, which is a rock. Patrick says he has nerves of steel.
SpongeBob decides to train Gary as hard as he can. On the day of the race, Gary is exhausted from SpongeBob's brutal training. During the race, his eyes and shell explode, revealing a car engine, and he spirals out of control like a race car. SpongeBob, seeing the error of his ways, tells Gary that he can stop now, but Gary keeps on going, loses control of himself, hits the wall and explodes completely. An upset SpongeBob runs up to him onto the track, which the announcer says that it's an "automatic disqualification." and embraces him, crying. Snellie, who is almost at the finish line, turns around to help Gary, and the two instantly fall in love. Squidward is shocked at this and walks onto the track, and SpongeBob says to him, "Looks like you and I are in-laws, eh, Squidward?" Squidward then sees that, much to his surprise, Patrick's rock won the race. Patrick was then very proud of his rock. Squidward is very upset by this, but Patrick then tells Squidward that he had the trophy engraved to him, and gives it to him, knowing how much Squidward wanted to win. Squidward thanks, Patrick, but then reads the trophy, which reads "The 1st place Snail Racing cup presented to Squidward... TORTELLINI?!" He groans and says "Will I ever win?," and they all start laughing and then Sandy appears onscreen kicking SpongeBob yelling "That's for yesterday, SquarePants!"
There is a deleted scene in which Sandy is arrested for kicking SpongeBob's butt. This was cut for unknown reasons.
In the Brazilian dubbing, Squidward's last name "Tentáculos" is misspelled "Tem Tacos" (have clubs) by the mailman and "Tem Óculos" (have eyeglasses) by Patrick. Snellie is called "Caracolina," a combination of "Caracol" (snail) and "Carolina" (a given name).
The band members at the Snail Race are wearing the same uniform as Squidward's Super Band from "Band Geeks."
Strangely enough, Joe Liss is credited as the third writer on this episode in the TV version, but on the DVD version of this episode, Merriwether Williams is credited instead.
It's possible SpongeBob's mustache in this episode is a parody of Béla Károlyi's.
This episode and "Mid-Life Crustacean" have been rumored to be banned in Canada. This is very likely true because recently in reruns of SpongeBob episodes in Canada, this episode tends to be skipped, even when they are airing reruns in production order. However, this episode used to air in Canada but doesn't anymore. The reason why for being banned in Canada is unknown, but could possibly be because this and the sister episode are controversial among fans. The controversy with this episode is SpongeBob pushing Gary mean spiritedly and having Gary explode like a race car, which was regarded as not funny and a bit of animal abuse.
This is the first episode to feature racing flags in the title card. The second is "The Hot Shot" but the title card of that episode is a racing flag.