The Great Food Truck Race, Season 5: Behind the Scenes of Episode 2

See highlights from Season 5, Episode 2 of The Great Food Truck Race.

Photo By: Brendan Guy Murphy ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Brendan Guy Murphy ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Brendan Guy Murphy

Photo By: Jackie Alpers

Photo By: Jackie Alpers

Photo By: Brendan Guy Murphy ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers

Photo By: Jackie Alpers

Photo By: Brendan Guy Murphy ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Brendan Guy Murphy

Photo By: Jackie Alpers

Photo By: Brendan Guy Murphy ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers

Photo By: Brendan Guy Murphy ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Planning a Comeback

The food trucks are in Tucson this week. The team of Gourmet Graduates is playing the underdog, assuming everyone will be underestimating them because of their lackluster performance the week before. "Let's use this as motivation," says Keese, hoping to make "a sneak attack."

Cruising for a Winning Combination

"Losing in Venice was a wake-up call," say Gretta of team Beach Cruiser, which came in second place in their own hometown. Now equipped with $300 in seed money, with $100 of it for marketing purposes, the team is hoping their fresh SoCal cuisine and vibe will fit well with Southwestern folks.

Knowing Their Audience

Military Moms are hoping to appeal to college kids in the area by retooling their menu prices and their dishes. "I'm going to punch up my flavors," says Carol. Wendy's idea of having customers pose with the truck and post their photos online for a discount is working out well, and it's attracting a military crowd.

Hustling for a Repeat Win

"We really want to cater to all the college kids," says Lance of Lone Star Chuck Wagon. They choose to set up by the university, and they're raffling off an MP3 player as part of their marketing strategy. "We did not have this many people in California," says Rachel, a bit overwhelmed by all the customers.

Getting Socially Active

Matt of Let There Be Bacon is hoping to recruit a bacon army online: "I am getting in contact with anyone on social media who is in the Tucson area who loves bacon." He's also contacting food bloggers to get the word out. It's all paying off in the number of customers they're attracting.

Mutual Respect

Gourmet Graduates pulls up across the street from where Let There Be Bacon is parked. Keese is trying his best to lure a crowd, but he feels the food they're putting it out doesn't live up to his name as a chef. Roberto reminds him, "You're forgetting one big thing: It's our name."

Hot Diggity Dog

Madres Mexican Meals has reaped the benefit of getting in contact with local news media, but before they know it, they have to go back out shopping because Tyler has announced a Truck Stop challenge. All the teams must sell a local specialty, Sonoran hot dogs, for the rest of the weekend.

A Double-Edged Sword

The teams are back at it again the next morning, hoping to sell the most hot dogs and win the $500 Tyler has promised. But Lance of Lone Star Chuck Wagon worries their top-dollar dishes will suffer in sales: "I would like to focus on some of our other things as well," he says.

Head-to-Head Challenge

Tyler has called a Speed Bump, moving all the teams to one single street, near the folk festival taking place downtown. "This is actually what I've been waiting to see," Tyler says, "a real Wild West showdown." Aggressive marketing, as well as good food, will separate the weak from the strong.

Putting a Spin on It

The team of Middle Feast is putting their hired sign spinner to good use, but Hilla worries, "I don't know if it's good attention or bad attention." Arkadi thinks the spinner is at least bringing good energy, but the team failed to train him in understanding their Middle Eastern menu.

Attention-Grabbing Tactics

Gretta of Beach Cruiser gets the idea to strip to her bikini to attract customers. "I wish I had a bikini," says Matt of Let There Be Bacon, "because I'd sit there and go head-to-head with Gretta, and win." But since he doesn't, he resorts to the megaphone. Each of the teams is trying to one-up the other.

Selling Themselves

"Who would be willing to do whatever it takes to get customers to their truck?" asks Tyler as he calls a second Speed Bump. One team has already gone above and beyond, but for this new challenge they will be performing a jingle in front of festivalgoers. Beach Cruiser's chant, however, falls flat.

Bringing the Texas Charm

The team from Lone Star Chuck Wagon puts on the most-successful performance. "Clearly, the jingle worked, because this night is picking up," says Andrea. Some other teams end up closing early, but Beach Cruiser and Middle Feast remain open into the night until they're sold out.

Top Dogs, and Bottom Place

In the end Beach Cruiser succeeds in selling the most hot dogs, winning the extra $500, and earns first place in overall sales. Gourmet Graduates, however, finishes in last place. "You had some big marketing plans," Tyler tells the guys, "but you really had a hard time getting those ideas together."

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