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Who is Miss Sprint Cup?

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Kim Coon
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What Are We Talking About?:

She has been a staple in NASCAR Victory Lane since Sprint took over as NASCAR's title sponsor in 2008. You've seen her face in every Victory Lane interview, standing next to the driver as he talks to Fox, TNT or ESPN about how great his car and his crew performed. She's wearing a firesuit with a big Sprint logo on it. She is, of course, Miss Sprint Cup.

Who is she? How did she get that job? Does she do anything else besides stand next to the winner in Victory Lane?

The program actually started in 2007 as "Sprint Speed Ambassadors." Then, when Sprint took over as the title sponsor the following year it was renamed "Miss Sprint Cup." This program carries on a tradition that was started in 1971 when "Miss Winston" provided marketing support for RJR Nabisco in much the same way that Miss Sprint Cup does today.

Here are all of the details about Miss Sprint Cup.

Who Is The 2012 Miss Sprint Cup?:

Here is the first thing you may not realize about Miss Sprint Cup. There are actually three different women who hold the title of Miss Sprint Cup.

They are, in order of seniority:

  1. Kim Coon - Kim is from Orlando, Florida. She became Miss Sprint Cup at the start of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.
  2. Jaclyn Roney - Jaclyn is from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She became Miss Sprint Cup in the middle of the 2011 Sprint Cup season.
  3. Kristen Beat - Kristen is from El Cajon, California. 2012 will be her first season as Miss Sprint Cup.

How Do You Become Miss Sprint Cup?:

Contrary to popular belief there is no Miss Sprint Cup pageant with local winners from every state coming together to compete for the title. There is no swimsuit competition or talent portion of the program. In fact, there is no program at all.

In order to become Miss Sprint Cup you go through a standard interview just like you would for any other media job. You need to be comfortable talking to people, be able to handle both sides of a television interview and I'm sure it helps to know something about NASCAR.

According to Marilyn's Model and Talent Management which is the agency that recruits for the Miss Sprint Cup position there are a number of requirements.

"Candidates should be at least 22-years-old and hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, must possess excellent writing and speaking skills, be comfortable with wireless technology, and have significant experience in the promotional or spokesmodel field. Extensive week and weekend travel is required. Candidates should live in the Charlotte, NC region. Anyone in the USA may apply, approved candidates must understand if hired, they would need to relocate to the Charlotte, NC region."

It is important to note that this position reports to Sprint and not to NASCAR. If you have any thoughts about Miss Sprint Cup and feel the need to let someone know you should direct your comments to Sprint.

Previous Miss Sprint Cup Representatives:

There have been a number of women who held the role but two require a special mention.
  • Monica Polumbo - Monica is the face that most think of as Miss Sprint Cup. She represented Sprint and NASCAR in this role from 2008 through the end of the 2011 season. Monica decided to retire after the 2011 season.
  • Paige Duke - Paige became Miss Sprint Cup in 2010 but was fired in late June of 2011 when nude photos of her surfaced on the internet. Apparently Paige posed for the photos years before and had given them to her boyfriend. She has acknowledged that she made a mistake and has urged others to learn from her mistake and not do the same thing.

    Paige Duke is now starring in "Sweet Home Alabama" on CMT.

What Does Miss Sprint Cup Do?:

So what are some of the job responsibilities of Miss Sprint Cup?
  • Stand in Victory Lane and smile. This is where most NASCAR fans first come to notice Miss Sprint Cup.
  • Greet NASCAR fans. This is probably her number one responsibility. From the Sprint Experience at the track to the hospitality suites Miss Sprint Cup has busy weekends at the track. Miss Sprint Cup also has a strong social media presence and interacts with fans on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Media Personality. Miss Sprint Cup is an ambassador for Sprint and NASCAR so she will be called on to do occasional interviews. She is also a media personality herself so she will be tracking down drivers for interviews, moderating Q&A panels, hosting segments for NASCAR.com and more.
  • Charity Events. As Miss Sprint Cup's popularity continues to grow they are taking part in more and more events away from the race track. Miss Sprint Cup can often be found greeting fans and lending support to various charities.
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