The Riverdale Drag Race was an event held on the Southside of Riverdale. The race was between the Southside Serpents and the Ghoulies, both gangs of the Southside. The race was initiated when things got heated between the two gangs.
Street Racing was one of the Ghoulies favorite activities to do, which is why Jughead Jones challenged them, for territory, meaning the winner would take full control over Southside, including all the properties that were owned by the Serpents. That was if the Ghoulies won, if the Serpents won, the drug dealings would have to stop. The event was caused when FP Jones suggested to Archie and Jughead that they challenge them.
Forming an Alliance
Back at the "The House of the Dead", where the Ghoulies hang out, and the leader of the Ghoulies, Malachai, lived. Tall Boy called a meeting for Jughead to meet up with him later. Once Jughead had arrived, he would find himself inside of the lair of the Ghoulies, where Tall Boy informed Jughead that they've come to discuss business. Informing Jughead, that the heat that was on them and there ranks by authorities, depleted, suggesting that the two tribes, the Southside Serpents and the Ghoulies, needed to unite. As Tall Boy continued to inform Jughead, that the process would become a lot easier for them if he endorsed there partnership. Since Jughead was FP's son, it carried weight, especially towards the younger Serpent members, as they looked up towards Jughead as there leader. However, Jughead refused to do so upon Tall Boy's request, pointing out that the Ghoulies were the reason why Southside High was rated with there recent activities of use of Jingle Jangle. Malachai, later interrupted Jughead, informing him that chaos was how they thrived. Jughead was disappointed by Tall Boy even considering to cut a deal with the Ghoulies, asking him if he was seriously considering them as there next best option, pointing out to him that he was supposed to be his father's right-hand man. Which Tall Boy later pointed out that the Northside declared war with them, informing Jughead that his father wasn't there to call the shots, later stating to Jughead that he was, in fact, his father's right-hand man, making him the "de facto meter", telling Jughead that things were changing, either he adapted to them or he would suffer the consequences.
An Act of Betrayal?
Later, at the Sunnyside Trailer Park, where Jughead talks to Archie about Tall Boys plans, pointing out that Tall Boy wasn't planning on making an alliance with the Ghoulies, he was planning on making a hostile takeover. As he continued to rant to Archie, about who knows how long Tall Boy was planning on betraying them. Later trying to come up with a plan that would involve him stalling there deal, giving him just enough time until Toni Topaz and Sweet Pea got out of jail for them to handle the situation together, hoping that once they did, they would want to fight the Ghoulies instead of having a war with the Northside. Which Archie later pointed out to him, that he joined the Serpents to keep the peace, as Jughead told Archie that his father would have never sat back and let a war happen, assuring Archie that neither would he. By bringing his father up into their conversation, they soon realized that it was there next best option.
Seeking out Advice
After their discussion, Archie and Jughead later dropped by to pay FP Jones a visit, seeking out advice on what to do with their current situation. Frustrated by the news that Jughead and Archie came bearing to FP, Jughead's father was not pleased to hear what the two had to say to him, that including his son, Jughead, now joining the Serpents. Jughead later tells his father while he bowed his head down in silence, that they could talk about him joining the Serpents later, telling his father that right now they needed to deal with the current situation, that if they didn't do something now, they would be no more Serpents, there would just be the Ghoulies left. FP refused to accept what Jughead had to say to him, stating that Ghoulies dressed like fobs, but they were also a nasty crew, but Serpents had survived worse, much worse. As FP continued to tell Jughead, that it sounded like he was outmanned, but he had to avoid bloodshed at any cost, as he informed the two that the situation appeared to be about territory to him, telling them that one thing Ghoulies loved, was souped up cars with crazy horses, suggesting that they challenge them to a street race. However, he informed them that street racing was extremely illegal and it would get them locked up, so they needed to keep it low-key, suggesting that Jughead set the terms to the Ghoulies. If Serpents won, Ghoulies would have to back off, giving Jughead the opportunity to raise the stakes, giving the winner full control of the Southside, allowing them to get rid of Jingle Jangle, the Ghoulies, and Mayor McCoy off there backs, while the loser roles over.
Meanwhile, back at "The House of the Dead", Jughead makes a proposal to Malachai, while Archie accompanied them, challenging the leader of the Ghoulies to a race. Which was, if they won, Serpents would remain autonomous and the Ghoulies would have to quit dealing Jingle Jangle at Southside High. But, if the Ghoulies won, they would have to fold, and the Ghoulies would be allowed to continue to sell their "little straws of death". However, Malachai wasn't pleased by Jughead's offer, as he wanted more from Jughead in order for him to agree to his terms. Which he wanted property, demanding that Jughead put some of his father's properties up on the table for bets. They would later find themselves with Veronica Lodge and Betty Cooper joining them on their little business deal, not knowing that their paths would be crossed, while in the process of making a deal with the Ghoulies. With Malachai's heavy demands, Jughead had no choice but to bet the Whyte Wyrm, allowing Malachai and the Ghoulies to expand themselves. Malachai later agreed to Jugheads offer, however, he also wanted Sunnyside Trailer Park as well to be part of there deal, in which Jughead later agrees to Malachai's demands.
Preparing for the Race
Later, back at the auto shop, where Jughead's mechanic, Betty, was working on Reggie Mantle's car, preparing it for Jughead to use for his race against Malachai. She tried to make small talk with Jughead, however, Jughead was still upset with her after she dumped him. However, Betty knew that Jughead was still upset with her, after she noticed his silence with her. She later continued to speak to Jughead to fill the silence in the room, asking him if this was one of the things that Serpents did for fun, street racing rival gangs. Jughead later figured out what Betty was trying to do, as he knew she wanted to say something about him now being a Serpent member, later demanding her to just say it to him. Betty later pointed out to him, that he told her that he wasn't going to join the Serpents, as Jughead later added, that she also told him that she loved him, later dumping him by using Archie to break the news to him, informing Betty, that it was way worse than via texting. Later realizing her mistake, Betty apologizes to Jughead for what she did to him, telling Jughead that everything around them was imploding and she only did what she did to protect him. Which Jughead later informed Betty, that she did the one thing that could actually hurt him, as Betty later tells Jughead, that she would explain everything to him later, but right now she wanted to focus on getting him through the race.
The Street Race Begins
Meanwhile, down at the Southside of town, Archie and the Gang, along with the Serpents, the Ghoulies, and some other random friends of the gangs, attended to watch the race. Before it began, Kevin was checking out some of the Ghoulies members as he found some of the guys attractive at the event. While Archie assured Veronica that they got the situation under control, as Veronica just wanted Archie to make it back to her in one peace, later making out. While Jughead and Betty had a moment of their own as well, as Betty walked up towards Jughead before he got into the car, telling him that she wanted him to know...while Jughead walked towards her to hear what she had to say to him, as she continued to tell Jughead, that she never stopped loving him, and wasn't sure if she could ever stop loving him. Also telling him to not ride the clutch, and to not let it slip between gears when shifting. While Jughead commented to her of being an enigma, before getting into the car with Archie for the race against Malachai and his buddy.
Before Jughead and Malachai began racing against one another for the winner to take all, the two shook hands on there bet, while Jughead tells Malachai where the finish line would end, which was, they both had to race over Herk Harvey Bridge to Dead Man's Curve, the first one back to the finish line, would be the winner who takes all. While Cheryl Blossom decided to be the flag girl for the race, instead of Toni Topaz being the usual flag girl, who usually did the honors, telling Toni that she was born for this moment. While the two gang members were getting their engines warmed up, while waiting for the wave of Cheryl's fag, on her mark, for the race to begin, as the crowd later cheered once the race officially began.
While the two members raced against each other against the clock, Jughead took the lead first, while Malachai swerved his car into Jugheads in order for him to be given an advantage, later taking the lead in front of Jughead. While Archie notified Jughead that they were nearly approaching Herk Harvey Bridge, while Jughead informed Archie that he was aware that he was. However, Archie later informed Jughead that the Bridge was too narrow for the both of them to crossover. But, Jughead refused to let that get in his way, as he was close to beating Malachai, while Archie tells Jughead that they should abort, but Jughead refused to let the Ghoulies win. While Archie warned Jughead, that if they both crossed over, they would both crash on the Bridge. However, Jughead refused to allow the Serpent to join the Ghoulies, even if it meant it being over his dead body, in order for that to never happen. But Archie was not down for the terms like Jughead was, later pulling the handbrakes, allowing the Ghoulies to take the lead. Doing so, Jughead was furious with Archie for what he did, grabbing Archie with his two hands by his jacket, as he yelled to him "WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT!!!" While Archie told Jughead to trust him, that he would thank him for what he did, while the two of them stayed behind to later hear sirens wailing on the other side of the Bridge. Later running across the Bridge to find Sheriff Keller, along with the rest of the entire police department behind him. Catching Malachai for illegally Street Racing.
The Street Race Ends
After the authorities caught Malachai red-handed, Archie and Jughead retreated back to where the race began, while one of the members of the Ghoulies ran back to warn everyone to leave immediately, that the cops were rounding up Ghoulies. While Archie and Jughead made it back safely to Veronica and Betty, while Jughead warned everyone to leave immediately, as Tall Boy walked towards Jughead, yelling at him, accusing him of calling the cops while in the middle of the race against the Ghoulies. Telling Jughead that he won't throw in with the Ghoulies, but he would with the cops, telling him where was the honor in that. While Jughead tried to calm Tall Boy down, as he informed him that he didn't, not knowing that Sheriff Keller would be on the other side of the bridge. As Archie later interrupted their argument to inform Jughead that he was the one who called the cops. Asking Archie if his father put him up to it, but Archie assured Jughead that it was all his idea to get rid of the Ghoulies, adding that his plan worked. As they got arrested for Street Racing, they were now off the chessboard. While Jughead later asks him the question as to "how long?, a month?, Three months?", telling Archie that if he knew what else they would want on the other side, if they found out it was him who called the cops, they would want his head on a stake, all of there's for not honoring the deal that was made to them. Later leaving the race furiously at Archie, with Betty in Reggie's car with him.