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Timothy "Tim" Wiyninger and Daniel Steven "Danny" Merkey are a team of Best Friends on The Amazing Race 23.

The two friends came into the race lacking foreign travel experience, though they made up for it with their no-nonsense attitudes and single-minded goal of winning the money for their families. A challenging Roadblock in the sixth leg resulted in every team being bunched up together, but Tim ultimately struggled the most, dropping them to last where they were eliminated in 7th place.

Profiles[]

Retrieved from CBS.com[2]

Tim[]

Age: 26
Hometown: Cordell, Okla.
Connection to your teammate: Best Friend
Current occupation: Oilfield Plant Operator
Describe what you do: As a bulk plant operator, I load bulk chemicals onto trucks that go out to location. Also, with as many crews that we run, I have to forecast on how much chemicals need to be ordered to start and finish a job.
3 words to describe you: Happy, funny and outgoing.
Favorite hobbies: Golf, attending sporting events and road trips.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? The birth of my son and being able to provide for my family.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Will Ferrell, because he's funny, kind-hearted and loves everyone.
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Owen Wilson, because he's funny and a ladies man.
What scares you most about traveling? Seeing people in other countries who are less fortunate and not being able to help.
What excites you most about traveling? Going to places I have never been before and making new memories with people I love.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: We always believe that neither of us are wrong. Instead of listening to his argument, I just tell him my points. I hope I can be a better listener so I can respond to his points rather than hearing what I want to hear.
Pet peeve about your teammate: He spends too much time in front of the mirror.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? I would like to go to Australia. It would be amazing to visit the outback and see animals in their natural habitats.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I have never been overseas. Being able to travel the world and to see new things that I never thought would be possible.

Danny[]

Age: 25
Hometown: Cordell, Okla.
Connection to your teammate: Best Friend
Current occupation: Oil Field Operator
Describe what you do: In the bulk plant my job is to blend various cements for oil rigs in the field. I also have to keep track and maintain any and all cements and additives used in the blending.
3 words to describe you: Cute, funny and brave.
Favorite hobbies: Fishing, golfing and Thunder Basketball.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? The birth of my daughter. A close second is taking 3rd in state in wrestling with a torn ACL.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Mark Wahlberg - tough and gritty but also hilarious.
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Vince Vaughn – he is a fast talking ladies' man but has a big heart.
What scares you most about traveling? I love traveling for the most part. I'm not a big fan of the ocean. Just something about not knowing what's out there makes me nervous.
What excites you most about traveling? Seeing new cultures, sites and learning about different ways of life.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: Tim and I are both very headstrong and sometimes argue about the simplest things to prove the other wrong. To win we will have to put that aside at times and trust each other.
Pet peeve about your teammate: His dirty car. When we go to lunch we never take his car because I can't fit in the passenger seat with all the junk.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? I have always wanted to see Rome with all the history and culture it has to offer.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? This is a once in a lifetime chance to see the world and make new friends.

The Amazing Race 23[]

Race History[]

Tim & Danny's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Chile No Detour Danny 9 of 11 [1]
Tim
2 2 Chile Brining / Mining Danny 6 of 10
3 3 Chile → Portugal Tiles / Miles Danny 4 of 9
4 4 Portugal → Norway Hang Your Heads / Hammer of the Cods Tim 6 of 8
5 5 Norway → Poland Pose / Polka Danny 5 of 8
6 6 Poland → Austria Light Brigade / Masquerade Tim 7 of 7
Average 6.17
Legend:
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist

Notes:
1: Leg 1 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.

Post Race[]

  • In May 2019, Danny's wife, Joy, gave birth to a son named Karder Max Merkey.[3]

Trivia[]

  • Tim & Danny were featured in a CBS.com slideshow celebrating 'National Best Friends Day' in 2015.[4]

External links[]

Interviews[]

  • Leanne Taylor at News on 6 (11/04/2013): "Amazing Race Interview With Oklahomans Danny Merkey And Tim Wiyninger"
  • Joyce Eng at TV Guide Online (11/04/2013): "The Singing Caught Everybody Off-Guard"
  • Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (11/04/2013): "Exclusive - Tim Wiyninger and Daniel "Danny" Merkey talk The Amazing Race" [Parts 1 & 2]
  • Elimination Interviews at CBS.com (11/04/2013): "Elimination Interview: Danny and Tim"
  • Gina Scarpa at Reality Wanted (11/06/2013): "The Amazing Race 23: Exclusive Interview with Tim Wiyninger and Danny Merkey"
  • Sheri Block at CTV.ca (11/08/2013): "Tim and Danny say carrying salt was easier than singing a tune"
  • Daniel Fienberg at HitFix.com (11/10/2013): "Team Oklahoma discusses its difficulties singing and dancing"
  • Rob Cesternino & Jessica Liese at RHAP (04/14/2014): Amazing Race 2014: Tim & Brandon from TAR 23 Recap Ep #7"

Social Media Profiles[]

References[]

The Amazing Race 23 Teams
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Childhood Friends
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Former NFL Teammates
S23 ChesterEphraim
 Hoskote & Naina
Father/Daughter
S23 HoskoteNaina
 Jason & Amy
Dating
S23 JasonAmy
 Leo & Jamal
Cousins
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 Nicky & Kim
Baseball Wives
S23 NickyKim
 Nicole & Travis
Married ER Doctors
S23 NicoleTravis
 Rowan & Shane
Theater Performers
S23 RowanShane
 Tim & Danny
Best Friends
S23 TimDanny
S23 TimMarie
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