If you've ever been to a NASCAR Sprint Cup event, or seen one on television, you're probably familiar with the lovely women in firesuits who can be found in victory lane, on SprintVision, and around the Sprint Experience. These brand ambassadors have become as much a part of modern NASCAR as umbrella girls are for motorcycle and drift racing.
Proudly serving as the NASCAR fans’ “Friend on the Inside,” the three Miss Sprint Cup ambassadors represent the Sprint brand around the track at every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event and in Victory Lane. Through social media, Miss Sprint Cup brings race fans closer to the sport they love by delivering behind-the-scenes pictures, updates and videos via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Madison Martin is the newest member of Sprint’s Miss Sprint Cup trio for 2014. She comes from the small town of Cumberland, Maryland with a passion for golf and a love of board games. In 2012, Madison graduated from Frostburg State (Md.) University with a degree in Mass Communications and a double minor in Journalism and Communication Studies. Madison spent two summers interning for FOX News Channel, as well as spending a week in spring of 2012 as a student reporter at Richmond International Raceway.
Recently, Madison took a few moments out of her hectic schedule to chat reporter to reporter with your favorite examiner.
1) Why did you decide to become one of the world famous Miss Sprint Cup?
"It all goes back to my first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 2008 at Richmond International Raceway, with my mom, aunt and cousin. I ended up getting pulled on stage by Monica Palumbo while we stopped by The Sprint Experience and had a blast at the race. It really turned me into a huge NASCAR fan. At the time I was studying journalism and communications in school, so my mom took the initiative to learn more about the Miss Sprint Cup program. She googled it and found out how you apply, as well as more information about what the girls do. It sounded like a great opportunity for me. So I applied, and here I am today, 23-years-old and in the fire suit! It's an honor to be a Miss Sprint Cup. Above all, I aspired to be a Miss Sprint Cup because each one is a unique, talented and intelligent woman who gets to be the face for an amazing company, as well as represent NASCAR's top series. Plus, as a Miss Sprint Cup you are given the tools to really build a strong background in several different career fields."
2) What is your typical race week schedule?
"Race week is always a very busy and fun week! We spend a lot of time at The Sprint Experience in the midway - one of us is always there. It's a great area for fans to stop by and meet us, as well as participate in games, get a free reward if they are a Sprint customer or join the Sprint Framily Plan by stopping by the Sprint Experience's Sprint Store. When I am not at the Sprint Experience I am usually bouncing from several different interview, to the garages, to grabbing some behind-the-scenes photos for our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@MissSprintCup) feeds. The best part of my day is getting to meet the fans. Those moments are special, and it makes me feel good to know that I was able to make someone's race experience a little bit more unique."
3) Which NASCAR drivers would you include in your dream Framily plan?
"I love this question! I would have to go with Carl Edwards, Austin Dillon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle and Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, and Tony Stewart. "
4) What is your favorite racetrack?
"My favorite track is Richmond International Raceway. It was the first track I ever went to and the first track that I ever got the opportunity to interview some drivers -- so you could say it's pretty special to me."
5) As a journalism major, who would be your ultimate interviewee?
"My ultimate interviewee is a toss-up! If I could interview anyone from the past, I would want to interview the famous golfer Bobby Jones. Present, I would have to say Tom Brady. For someone who was a sixth-round-draft pick out of college and has turned himself into one of the best quarterbacks of our time -- I think he would be a cool one to get."
NASCAR fans can sign up for Sprint’s New “Framily” Plan At The Sprint Experience each NASCAR Sprint Cup race weekend. The Framily Plan includes up to 10 friends, family or even employees, unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data each while on the Sprint network, and separate bills as low as $25/mo. per line. No annual service contracts. No early termination fees.
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