What Is It With Those Sprint Girls?
[Updated Info: This is my older article on the NASCAR's Sprint Cup Girls. I've written a newer article on the 2010 Sprint Cup Girl squad.] – Over on Courant.com,
[Update 9-12-11: Monica Palumbo is leaving the Sprint Cup Girl Squad]
Then I noticed there was more than one! A new (different) Miss Sprint Cup showed up in the winners circle after my first article (top section) and in my opinion, was a great change up from the regular person who staffs that position after the race. Just for the variety thing.
I’m thinking that NASCAR or Sprint decided to give one of the girls some face time other than just standing around in drab neck high fashion nodding away aimlessly and since I have a somewhat annoyed perspective on the whole issue, I thought I’d present the other side of the coin… just to be fair. (Or it’s another excuse to vent one more time… either way.)
There are two Sprint Girls and Monica Palumbo (pictured) was interviewed for the source article. The other girl is Anne-Marie Rhodes.
The article calls the girls a return to the days of the trophy girl. Rather than just be on the podium with the winner each week, they also handle deeds interacting with the fans, moderate Q&A’s with drivers and other appearances and product selling.
Monica was an aspiring actress who lives in North Carolina. She was signed up with a talent agent who got an interview for her with Octagon Sports for the spot. One of the parts of the job she likes is getting doused by champagne every week on the podium… Hmm.
Before holding this job, she was also Miss North Carolina in 2001. So I’m guessing the black and yellow Sprint outfit is what kills the visual. Yet when I went to check out the info, she’s not listed there. Eh? Monica says she later competed in Miss USA and came in 15th, but what I found was that Miss Teen North Carolina came in 15th in Miss USA… Yet I do find Monica listed in another location backing the details… So I tend to believe this through the confusion of it all.
Monica says that after her stint with Sprint is done, her aspirations might include being a pit reporter in NASCAR since she does love it so much.
Wow, that’s some serious aspirations considering how much work goes into that job that we don’t see. There’s lots of running up and down the pits, getting the research, asking drivers the same question over and over. It ain’t easy.
As far as acting aspirations go, maybe this stint is working for her! According to IMDB, she’s played a character by the name of Abby Dalton in the 2008 movie that is in the post production phase of it’s existence, Final Reckoning. (Film Synopsis)
And if I do enough digging, she also won a competition on the reality TV show, All American Girl to host an episode of Live with Regis and Kelly, covering for Kelly while she was off on maternity leave. She was noted in this bulletin board.
And there you have it. I was fair and presented to good side of one of the Sprint Girls. Can I now go back to venting? This being nice crap was hard.
From my original article, one nameless commenter said the following:
Monica lived next to me my freshman year at ECU. She did in fact win Miss North Carolina and went on to participate in the Miss USA 2001. Since you’re basically calling her a liar, maybe you should check into things a little deeper and you would find out that she won Miss North Carolina USA that filters in the Miss USA pagent (www.missnorthcarolinausa.com). Miss North Carolina filters into the Miss America pagent.
Maybe instead of judging her based off of a small part of her job, you should go to a race and meet her to find out what the rest of her job is and to see that she is a truly great person! Would you rather see a really ugly girl standing back there doing the same thing??
Poor guy seemed pretty excited about how he read between the lines… I only said I didn’t see her info at the links I was looking at… and I had noted that I was trashing the job itself, not the girl.
Then another (or the same?) commenter left this friendly note:
I went to the website, www.missnorthcarolinausa.com and placed my cursor on the Hall Of Fame tab, and it drops a link to former Miss North Carolina titleholders, and I see Monica’s picture as the 2001 winner. Wasn’t very hard to find!
Dang, I hate mistakes. Don’t you? Any way, I was very happy for the success he had. My bad for missing the info…
UPDATE: Check out my Jimmy Johnson Wins 4th Consecutive Title article!
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