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.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.


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