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Ex-Miss Sprint Cup fired for nude photos to serve as 'Lady in Black' for Darlington Speedway

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Paige Duke (Source: Darlington Raceway) Paige Duke (Source: Darlington Raceway)

The former Miss Sprint Cup removed after nude photos of her surfaced on the internet is back at Darlington Raceway as "The Lady in Black."

Track officials said Paige Duke will serve as the track's official "The Lady in Black" for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 race weekend on May 10-11.

Duke, a former Miss Sprint Cup and current model, will be present during the race weekend and other track events throughout the year wearing a black fire suit and representing Darlington Raceway. She is from nearby Lancaster and is a graduate of Clemson University.

Duke was Miss Sprint Cup in 2010-11. She was removed from her position after nude photos she said were taken when she was a freshman at Clemson popped up on a website. She said at the time she was not surprised by the dismissal because Duke had a morals clause in her contract.

"I am honored to be 'The Lady in Black' for Darlington Raceway. This is one of the most exciting opportunities I have ever had and definitely is the closest to my heart. I love Darlington Raceway," said Duke. "I grew up going to races there with my dad and we always pass the track on the way to the beach. There is just something special about this track. It just reminds me of the good ole' days…real, exciting racing!"

Besides her role serving as Miss Sprint Cup in 2010-11, Duke is the national spokesperson for Kruger Farms, an online outdoor outfitter in Minnesota, and was cast in the CMT hit show Sweet Home Alabama for two seasons in 2011 and 2012. She is also a model for various national campaigns and works as a veterinary technician in Lancaster.

The "Lady in Black" slogan was first used in the mid-1960's when reporters covering the race from the press box referred to it as such, stemming from the black asphalt, which was considered "the dress" of a track known for being treacherously difficult to drive.

"Paige Duke is the perfect fit to serve as our 'Lady in Black,'" Darlington Raceway President Chris Browning said. "She is a local South Carolinian who is bringing the 'Lady in Black' to life. Darlington Raceway is special in the sport of NASCAR racing and she is the best person to fulfill this unique role for us."

Tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 and the Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 are still available. Visit www.DarlingtonRaceway.com or call 866-459-7223 for tickets.

Copyright 2013 WIS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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