For Martin Truex Jr. racing the NASCAR circuit means more than jockeying between competitors.
The New Jersey native and his longtime partner, Sherry Pollex, are using his position to support the community with causes such as ovarian and childhood cancers.
“We were lucky as kids to be healthy and have great families and access to things to be successful,” said Truex Jr.. “We felt very lucky and we’re doing our part to help give back to kids .”
Truex Jr. and Pollex won the Martin Truex Jr. in 2007. Foundation, which started as a way to help children in need.
In 2014, Pollex was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer and the couple refocused their mission to raise awareness, drive advocacy and generate financial support for underfunded cancer initiatives specific to childhood and ovarian cancer.
According to her Instagram, Pollex’s cancer returned in December.
“Unfortunately, my cancer is back (which is expected with stage 3C recurrent ovarian cancer because the cancer is starting to outsmart the drugs we’re on),” Pollex said in her posted message, featuring photos of her and Truex Jr. in her hospital room. “So here I go again.
“I pray that my doctors can clear all disease so that I can start chemo again soon and fight for all of you soon! Much love to all of you who are fighting or caring for a loved one.”
The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation recently pioneered the pediatric emergency department at Novant Health in Huntersville, North Carolina. NBC Sports reported that the foundation is well known in racing circles for its Catwalk for a Cause in Statesville, North Carolina. It has sent $600,000 to cancer initiatives at Atrium Health and Novant Health in Charlotte.
Pollex’s foundation and organization, Sherry Strong, celebrated the grand opening of the Sherry Strong Integrative Medicine Oncology Clinic at Novant Health’s new Weisinger Cancer Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Truex Jr. will put rubber on the road during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway on Saturday, November 6. Truex Jr. won the first race of the 2021 season at Avondale in March.
“That was my first win on the track,” he said. “I always feel like it’s a good job for me. It was one of my better tracks until they re-prepared it in 2011.”
Then known as Phoenix International Raceway, the track was transformed into a reconfigured 1-mile oval for about $10 million.
“It’s been hit and miss since they re-paved it,” said Truex Jr., the driver of the No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. “The past few years have been tough for us. We definitely have a good feeling about it now.”
In addition to Avondale, he won Martinsville I, Darlington 1 and Richmond II this season. He is one of seven Cup Series drivers to have won multiple races this year (Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott).
For the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series, which begins at the Daytona 500, fans will see cars that are more cost-effective for teams and safer for drivers. It will also reportedly intensify the quality of racing,
“It’s going to be a big learning curve for us,” he said. “The new car is so different from what we’ve done in the past. It will be interesting.”