The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion will have a lot of pressure on his shoulders as the 2013 season starts. It will be all eyes on the Blue Deuce as the rubber hits the track during Daytona Speedweeks. Brad will not only have to deal with the pressure of being the reigning Champion but also the pressure of a new car, moving from Dodge to Ford, and also having a new teammate.
Brad Keselowski and his team knew that 2012 was the last year for Dodge in NASCAR, which made his Championship win all that more special. Penske Racing will be moving to Ford in 2013 which means Brad will not only have to get comfortable with the new car but a new manufacturer as well. With as strong as Penske racing is, I don’t see this manufacturer change slowing Brad down at all.
One of NASCARs most promising young drivers is now in the 22 car and Brad’s new teammate. Look for Brad and Joey Logano to share lots of information and work together this coming season. With two strong drivers, Penske Racing as a whole will be a force to be reckoned with in 2013. A teammate like Logano will be helpful when it comes to the super speedways like Daytona and Talladega. Starting out the season with a Daytona 500 win would be a big boost for the Blue Deuce as he starts his run for a second straight Championship.
Brad had 5 wins, 13 Top-5’s and 23 Top-10 finishes in 2012, improving greatly from 2011. With no poles in 2012, this Champion will not be in the Shootout in 2013. Brad also posted 3 wins, 11 Top-5’s and 14 Top-10’s in the Nationwide Series in 2012 and I look for him to have a similar record in 2013. More laps and more track time, in the long run, helped propel him to Championship status in 2012 and will do the same in 2013.
Brad Keselowski is one on the strongest drivers in the field of 43. Almost doubling his wins from 2011 to 2012, it wouldn’t surprise me if he pulled in 5 or more wins in 2013. Moving from a Dodge to a Ford might slow some drivers down but Brad will take this change and make the most of it. The only real improvement Brad and his team needs to make this coming season is qualifying. With three full seasons in the Cup Series, Brad has only posted 2 poles.
Brad may never reach 5-time’s status, but he could sure come close. I look for Brad to make another strong run at the 2013 Cup Championship this coming season
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You see her at the track every weekend, interacting with fans, interviewing drivers and standing in victory lane, she is Miss Sprint Cup. Kim Coon, Jaclyn Rooney and Kristen Beat were the Miss Sprint Cup representatives for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup series and finished out the season this weekend in Las Vegas.
Miss Sprint Cup’s most notable job requirement is standing in victory lane with the winning driver and has been ever since Sprint took over NASCAR’s top series in 2008.
During driver interviews in Victory Lane, you can easily spot Miss Sprint Cup smiling behind him and once the champagne bottles are brought out, she is usually one of the first to get soaked. They also host events, interview drivers and team members, and have a lot of fun with the fans.
If you ever visit a race track, you can easily find one of the Miss Sprint Cup representatives in the Sprint Experience tent in front of the Speedway. With a cutaway car and the Sprint Cup Trophy, this tent is the place to be. Fans can even get autographs and pictures taken with their favorite Miss Sprint Cup! Always willing and happy to interact with fans, these three girls are great for this sport and definitely bring some fun to the race weekend.
This year, the three Miss Sprint Cup representatives were from all over the country. Kim Coon is from Orlando, Florida and became Miss Sprint Cup at the start of the 2011 Sprint Cup season. Jaclyn Roney is from Ann Arbor, Michigan and was named Miss Sprint Cup in the middle of the 2011 season. Kristen Beat is from El Cajon, California and 2012 was her first season as Miss Sprint Cup.
Former Miss Sprint Cup Monica Palumbo is who most race fans think of when they think of Miss Sprint Cup. Monica held the role from 2008 to 2011 and now works for SPEED and is also a co-host for the Ace & TJ Show. She is still at the track every weekend and is recognized by many.
Marilyn’s Model and Talent Management is the agency that recruits for the Miss Sprint Cup position. According to the agency, there are a few specific requirements that they are looking for.
“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 spokes model 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.”
From Victory Lane, to fan interactions and even social media responsibilities, being a Miss Sprint Cup representative is not an easy job but it comes with many rewards. So next time you are at the track, stop by the Sprint Experience tent and meet one of the girls. They are always friendly and love meeting with fans. They are a great addition to this sport and always fun to see in Victory Lane.
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