Martin Truex Jr.’s girlfriend shares story of battling ovarian cancer

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The lives of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. and his girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, were changed forever this past summer when Pollex was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Pollex underwent surgery on Aug. 15, with Truex missing practice and qualifying sessions at Michigan International Speedway to be with her. Since then, the couple has had to find ways to carry on as she battles the hideous disease.

“We lived our life in fourth gear,” Pollex said recently to USA Today’s Mike Hembree. “We were constantly running … So adjusting to a new normal and having to put your life in first gear and learn that your body can’t run like that any more is the biggest adjustment for me.”

“It’s been a roller-coaster ride,” adds Truex, who also told Hembree he thought about taking the rest of the Cup season off (and was given an option to do so by his Furniture Row Racing team).

“You go through all different emotions from sad to mad, why the hell, why us. But at the end of the day, we’re no different from anybody else who’s had cancer.”

As part of a moving story, Hembree also details how her cancer diagnosis altered the couple’s consideration at the time of having their first child.

“There was no time to think about the fact that I was devastated that I could never be a mother,” Pollex says. “I don’t know what hit me worse – the devastation that I couldn’t carry my own child or the devastation that I had Stage III cancer. To hear all that in a matter of five minutes – it was so hard.”

Pollex is set to have weekly chemotherapy treatments into the New Year.

But while she receives treatment, she continues to work to ensure that the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation continues one of its main missions: Helping kids battle pediatric cancer.

She also hopes to raise more awareness about ovarian cancer, which she believes does not receive as much attention as other cancers in the bigger picture.

“…With earlier diagnosis, I would have had a survival rate of 85 percent,” she tells Hembree. “My survival rate now is less than 30. … All I can do right now is fight and try to help other women so they don’t make the same mistake.”

For more on the MTJ Foundation, visit its website at MartinTruexJrFoundation.org.

Top Fuel driver Austin Prock earns 2019 NHRA top rookie honors

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Having just completed a promising first year in NHRA Top Fuel competition, Austin Prock is on the road to even greater drag racing success in his career.

That’s why it’s not surprising that Prock was named the winner of the 2019 Auto Club Road to the Future Award during Monday night’s annual NHRA Awards dinner at the Ray Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

The Road to the Future Award is NHRA’s version of Rookie of the Year, and Prock was among the brightest young stars on the circuit this past season, including winning his first national event at the Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in suburban Seattle, the 16th race on the 24-race schedule.

What made that first win all the more sweeter is it came at the same event that his boss, legendary 16-time Funny Car champion John Force, captured his milestone 150th career win.

One month ago, Prock set a personal best run of 3.688 seconds at 334.40 mph over veteran driver Doug Kalitta in the first round of eliminations at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals three weeks ago in Ennis, Texas (suburban Dallas).

“I am proud of the season this Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team put together,” Prock said in a media release. “My guys worked their asses off all season long to give me the opportunity to win the Auto Club Road the Future Award. I couldn’t have done it without them.

“I would have never been here without John Force and Robert Hight (president of John Force Racing). They gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dream and I owe the world to them. I hope I made them proud.”

Prock became only the 10th rookie in the history of the NHRA pro ranks to both win a race in their first season and also go on to win the Road to the Future award. He also was the 13th rookie in the sport’s history to qualify for the Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s six race playoffs.

Prock becomes the sixth John Force Racing driver to earn the Road to the Future Award, joining Tony Pedregon (1996), Hight (2005), Ashley Force-Hood (2007), Mike Neff (2008), Courtney Force (2012) and Brittany Force (2013).

Austin Prock is the son of veteran crew chief Jimmy Prock, who tuned Hight to his third career NHRA Funny Car championship this past Sunday.

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