The Sprint Cup Girls From NASCAR

by on April 9, 2009

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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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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

SK. Campbell November 15, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Hey, I fully understand sponsor’s, but enough with the Sprint Girls in EVERY winner circle shot. I know in days past Nascar refered to these individuals as trophy girls, but hey prior to that the driver’s actual wife or girl friend stood in the winner’s circle with them. I understand that Sprint is the sponsor of the series, but gosg\h, back when it was the Winston cup you didn’t see Ms. Winston in the winner’s circle. Enough with the sprint chicks standing there looking like they are interested in the conversation. Granted I am sure these ladies worked hard to receive this recongigion, but can’t they find some thing elese to do in the pits that’s worth while???

brusimm November 15, 2009 at 9:31 pm

I hear you SK Campbell. They are distracting and seem to stand out. They remind me of a fifth wheel at parties that stand around outside of conversations trying to look like they belong.

But we have to keep in mind it’s a job, and a weird one and the girls are doing what they can with what they’re given!

Chris June 10, 2010 at 6:49 am

Would someone tell Sprint that they are exploiting women by having the Cup girls in the Winner’s Circle while reporters are trying to conduct interviews with the winners? They look completely clueless and stupid. Sprint has sent women right back into the 50′s by making these girls push their faces into camera shot during interviews. It’s inappropriate and detracts from the driver’s moments in victory lane. Obviously the person who made that decision is a man. What were they thinking and what type of girl would allow herself to be exposed like that?

Bruce Simmons (BruSimm) June 10, 2010 at 7:20 am

Hey Chris… I understand where you’re coming from.

In their off time from the winner’s circle (And yes, I concur, they seem like a 3rd wheel at the party u there) they interview drivers, represent SPRINT at other functions and they’re aspiring actors.

bryan crabtree February 17, 2011 at 9:49 am

come on some of these guys interviews after the race are so boring i say way to go for allowing us to look at beautiful women in the winners circle.

rahul jain August 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm

love uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

d k funk September 7, 2011 at 5:25 am

How the HELL did Jr get more points for finishing 19th than Smoke
got for finishing 3rd – and Jr stays in 9th place and Smoke stays in 10th?

Ten other drivers moved up on the list and 10 other drivers moved down
on the list, according to how they finished in Tuesday’s race – but Jr, who
was only 6 points ahead of Smoke before the race, and finished 16 places
behind Smoke is now shown still in 9th place, 2 points ahead of Smoke.
Somebody please explain.

Bruce E. Simmons (BruSimm) September 7, 2011 at 10:53 am

Hey D K, I get the confusion, and I had to do the math on a spreadsheet but that is correct. Going into the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta, there was an 18 point spread between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart.

Tony finished 3rd, (41 points) and Dale finished 19th (25 points). That’s a 16 point difference and not enough to pass up Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 18 point lead on him.

There’s now a 2 point different between the two. (note, I did have to use a spreadsheet to make sure the math added up because yes, it sure did look funky at first, like you were seeing!

Thanks for coming by and chiming in DK.

Tony Stewart

sai November 18, 2011 at 5:44 am

i loved a girl named alekya where is she in kakinanda charities

r.shabeer ahmed February 25, 2012 at 5:31 am

hi my name is r.shabeer ahmed an i am 22 years old an i am looking for a girl friend so who wantes to be my best friend i got no friends so

Norma Witwicky March 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

Norma Gimmy The Kissis And the Murf Boy Friend Girl in the Nascar Best buy Winner Sprint. !Good Job!

Helen April 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I feel the sprint cup girls are very annoning, espcially when they watch the monitor to make sure they are in the scene with the winners and fake interest they have in the winners circle. Smiling and looking around to make sure they are in picture.

Margareth Walz April 28, 2012 at 5:48 am

I feel that the Sprint girls are very annoying and useless. They do not say anything and everyone ignores them anyway.

Thomas Donovan August 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I don’t believe these girls should be at the winners side, what happened to wives or girl friends, family. Anybody but sprint cup girls.

Bruce Simmons August 27, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Thomas… I hear you!

I don’t mind them there. SPRINT paid big bucks to be the name sponsor, so they get some perks.

But I seriously wish they would quit nodding their head as if they’re part of the conversation. From what I can tell, they have to, and I wish someone would tell them they don’t have to. Just be there, if you have to be there. It seems silly they have to nod in the background. (That’s my gripe and I’m sticking to it!)
-Bruce

Jim Mac June 30, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Hey, I don’t know why any guy would mind a little eye candy in the winner’s circle. These young ladies are doing the job they are getting paid to do by the sponsor.
I think I can stand a little head bobbing along with the pretty smiles.

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