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Where have you gone Miss Winston?
Miss Winston was the pin-up gal for R. J. Reynolds Tobacco during its 33-year reign as the sponsor of NASCAR’s premier series, the Winston Cup. She is best remembered for the hundreds of Victory Lane kisses she delivered over the years. Her reign lasted from the beginning of NASCAR’s modern era, in 1971, and ended in 2003, when Miss Winston died of lung cancer. There is no Miss Nextel.
The original, and most important, Miss Winston was Marilyn Green, a leggy tobacco gal from Stokes County, North Carolina. She was working on the same block as the R. J. Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem when the call went out for single women who loved racing. Sure there had been Victory Lane girls in the past, but Green was as business-savvy as she was beautiful, and pushed Miss Winston as a shiny face for big tobacco. When she gave up her reign, she opened her own modeling agency in Greensboro, N.C. and was in charge of choosing all of her successors.
Green sought a girl with beauty and brains who was capable of representing the Winston brand in a corporate setting. The one golden rule for a Miss Winston was that she could not date drivers or crew members. This proved an impossible rule to uphold.
Of the 50 women who held the Miss Winston crown, four married NASCAR drivers, including Patti Petty, the wife of Kyle Petty and the mother of the late Adam Petty, and Renee White, the ex-wife of former Daytona 500 champ Derrike Cope. Andy Petree, a longtime crew member for Dale Earnhardt, is married to former Miss Winston Patrice McBride.
Denise Lowry (Miss Winston in 1986-87) married Texas driver Eddie Bierschwale.
The most famous Miss Winston of all was Brooke Sealey, who met Jeff Gordon Victory Lane at Daytona in 1993 after he won one of the Twin-125 qualifying races. in Sealey and Gordon went from the “it” couple of NASCAR to a tabloid mess after Gordon reportedly had an affair with a woman named Deanna Merryman, and Sealey walked away with $15 million in a nasty divorce. Merryman later appeared in Playboy.
Former Miss Winstons include Cielo Garcia, who gave up her crown to date Jamie McMurray, and Shannon Wiseman, who has worked as a correspondent for NASCAR.com and reportedly dated Dale Earnhardt Jr., for a short period.
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|nctarheels||Updates are on line on other websites||1||Aug 21 2007, 7:49 AM EDT by Florifan|
Thread started: Aug 19 2007, 4:15 PM EDT Watch
You obviously need to read the other sites. They are not together on a full time basis in fact Robby is considered single / dating and is in a non committed part time relationship with her. Perhaps Renee was hoping / pushing for more and tried to convince fans that is was far more serious than it was to protect her positioning for a possible commitment down the line.
|robbysracegrl||Robby & Renee||0||Aug 17 2007, 12:22 PM EDT by robbysracegrl|
Thread started: Aug 17 2007, 12:22 PM EDT Watch
NASCAR Owner Driver Robby Gordon is involved in a serious relationship with C. Renee White, former Miss Winston and ex-wife of Derrick Cope. The couple have been together for over 2 years and even purchased property together in Huntersville, NC. Renee publicly shows her support for his career by attending the majority of his racing events including the three Dakar races overseas. In 2007 Renee was a crew member involved in the Dakar event that the team finished 8th overall. In addition you often find her with Robby at his public appearances and weekly signing at the team merchandise trailer and atop the box during the races. Renee is involved in overseeing the construction project of the addition at Robby's new shop in Huntersville. The inseparable couple currently resides together at Lake Norman in Cornelius. Additional pictures can be found at teamgordon.com.
Some Robby hater keeps deleting this but it is true.
|Anonymous||Time to update?||3||Aug 15 2007, 11:19 AM EDT by intheknow|
Thread started: Aug 8 2007, 9:50 PM EDT Watch
I am under the impression that Robby Gordon and Renee White are NOT living together any longer if ever despite rumors. In fact the other half of this site is updated showing no information on the couple what so ever. If anything they may still be dating or friends.
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