NASCAR fans in uproar over risque victory lane models

The Monster Energy girls pose for a selfie on Pit Road before the Clash at Daytona NASCAR race on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Credit: Stephen M. Dowell

Credit: Stephen M. Dowell

The NASCAR season got in gear Sunday with Chase Elliott beating out Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the pole at Daytona for a second-straight year.

NASCAR’s cup series will have a new sponsor this year, Monster Energy. The storyline ahead of the 59th running of the Daytona 500 was the sons of two Hall of Famers, Bill Elliott and Dale Earnhardt, starting in the 1 and 2 position.

But what grabbed the attention of some fans were the titillating outfits worn by the victory lane models.

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Some were even calling for a return to more recent victory-lane fashions.

Miss Sprint Cup models often posed with drivers and trophies in racing fire suits:

Miss Sprint Cup Madison Martin for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway in 2015.

Credit: Jared C. Tilton

Credit: Jared C. Tilton

Some called the leather-clad Monster Energy models inappropriate and not suitable for a racing audience:

This is not the first the first year Monster Energy has featured models at NASCAR events. This is how models dressed as recently as 2014:

Kurt Busch poses with Monter Energy Girls during pre-race ceremonies at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2014.

Credit: Jerry Markland

Credit: Jerry Markland

What are your thoughts?

NASCAR returns here March 5 for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga.

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