The remaining teams have officially made it past the midpoint of the race and are now in the heart of Fayetteville, Ark., a small but lively college town home to the University of Arkansas' Razorbacks. Tyler greets the truckers and doles out just $300 in seed money to each team before sending them into town to sell.
Just as the teams start selling, Tyler delivers an "epic" Truck Stop cooking challenge: The teams must immediately close their trucks for the rest of the afternoon and prepare for a breakfast challenge to take place early the next morning. The trick? Each team must feature a dish made with a to-be-announced secret ingredient.
The mystery ingredient is revealed to be Pop-Tarts, which Tyler deems "a classic American product" that appeals to nearly all college students. Teen blogger Jeremy Salamon will judge the teams' plates and offer a grand prize to whichever is his favorite. Given their truck's theme, Pop-A-Waffle is confident that they can take home a win.
Although Seoul Sausage's Chris admits that "Pop-Tarts aren't really a traditional Korean breakfast staple," his team is able to put their signature spin on the snack. They decide to coat French toast in crushed Pop-Tarts and turn it into a sandwich stuffed with Korean-spiced bacon and topped with a fried egg.
Since their truck is parked at a farmers' market near the University of Arkansas, Pop-A-Waffle offers a student discount to appeal to cash-strapped college students. The team's $1-off discount seems to have worked because in no time a line of customers forms to taste their Pop-Tart-laced waffles.
After tasting each team's Pop-Tart special, Jeremy names Nonna's Kitchenette the winner of this Truck Stop challenge, describing the team's cinnamon-scented French toast as "crispy on the outside" with a "really great texture." He visits the ladies to drop off their prize, a mounted razorback worth $750, which the team can proudly display in their truck.
Just moments after the teams complete the Truck Stop challenge, Tyler announces a Speed Bump: Each truck will close up shop for the remainder of the day in preparation for a midnight selling spree to take place starting at 1 AM. Of this graveyard shift, Tyler warns, "You might catch a bar crowd, you might catch crickets."
Fresh off of their Truck Stop win, Nonna's secures the week's highest earnings, which leaves Seoul Sausage in second place and outsold for the first time in the competition. "Seoul Sausage needs to watch out," Jessica says of the rival team. "Nonna's has proven this weekend that we are the team to beat."
Momma's Grizzly Grub and Coast of Atlanta are the two lowest-earning teams this weekend, but Momma's is sure that they will be going home, given their potentially expensive accident. Thanks to the town's mayor's generosity, however, the incident will be handled by insurance and the team has to pay for only the $250 deductible.
Even with their $250 penalty, Momma's outsells Coast of Atlanta by just $24, enough to force the seafood-loving chefs to turn in their keys and drive home. Though this is not the outcome the team hoped for, Lena says that a food truck may still be in her future. This is "not going to stop me from pursuing my dreams of owning a food truck," she shares after the race.