Werner Von Brawn, one of the wrestlers in the match, is probably named after Wernher von Braun.
Bart appearing at Springfield Gorge in the distance is based on Omar Sharif's entrance in Lawrence of Arabia.
The monster truck at the rally, Truck-o-saurus, is a parody to the famous monster truck, Robosaurus.
The movie "Jaws" parodied in the way the lion leaps out to attack Captain Lance Murdock and it was so funny.
Lance Murdock is a parody of famous daredevils such as Evel Knievel.
This episode contains the music video for "Do the Bartman" single which was omitted in some British broadcasts of this episode, and was cut from American reruns.
Captain Murdock is a reference to The A-Team's Captain H.M. Murdock.
This is the fifth episode to have Bart's name somewhere in the title.
The referee in the wrestling match counts the pin fall four instead of three.
When Nelson asks, "Where is he? I thought he [Bart] said noon," you can see Milhouse's lips moving at the same time.
Homer's second plunge down the gorge (after the ambulance hit a tree) had additional footage of Homer falling down and getting hit in the head with the gurney he was on. This was considered too violent to show when the episode first aired, so it was replaced with a frozen shot of the kids looking down as Homer falls again. The missing footage would later crop up on the season four episode, So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show.