Sherry Pollex, Beloved Figure in NASCAR, Passes Away after Inspiring Battle with Cancer
The Enduring Love Story of Sherry Pollex and Martin Truex Jr.
Sherry Pollex, the longtime girlfriend of NASCAR Cup Series star Martin Truex Jr., passed away on Sunday morning after a nine-year battle with ovarian cancer. Pollex, daughter of longtime NASCAR car owner Greg Pollex, was not only a beloved figure within the NASCAR industry but also an inspiration to many.
Pollex’s relationship with Truex began in 2005, and they shared an 18-year journey together. Their love story spanned Truex’s rise from the Xfinity Series to becoming a Cup Series champion. However, the couple announced their split before the start of the 2023 season, marking a significant transition in their lives.
A Hero and Inspiration in the NASCAR Community
Sherry Pollex’s battle with ovarian cancer, which started in August 2014, touched the hearts of many in the NASCAR community. Her resilience and determination during this difficult time became a source of inspiration for Truex and many others.
During Truex’s triumphant run to the 2017 Cup Series championship, Pollex’s fight against cancer served as a constant reminder of the power of perseverance. She became an emblematic figure, symbolizing strength and hope in the face of adversity.
The NASCAR community rallied behind Pollex, with her story fostering empathy and compassion among drivers, teams, and fans. She and Truex used their platform to create significant philanthropic endeavors outside of racing, aiming to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer.
A Legacy of Love and Caring for Others
Despite the challenges she faced, Sherry Pollex’s impact extended far beyond the racetrack. She was a passionate advocate for cancer-related causes and played a pivotal role in establishing the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, focusing on supporting children with cancer and raising awareness about ovarian cancer.
One of the foundation’s flagship events, the Catwalk for a Cause, became a means for NASCAR drivers and figures to come together and support children with pediatric cancer. Even during her illness, Pollex continued to inspire, as this year’s Catwalk received a standing ovation in her honor.
In addition to her work through the foundation, Pollex’s creation of SherryStrong.org provided valuable resources and information for women seeking early detection and treatment options for ovarian cancer. Furthermore, her efforts led to the establishment of the Sherry Strong Integrative Medicine Oncology Clinic at Novant Health in Charlotte, N.C.
Through her advocacy, Pollex hoped to pave the way for other women and leave a lasting legacy of love and compassion. She recognized the significance of her role in raising awareness and supporting those affected by cancer. In an interview with The Athletic in July 2022, she reflected on the purpose she found in her cancer advocacy.
“It’s maybe not what I would have chosen for myself — nobody really wants to be the poster child for any type of cancer — but maybe I’m supposed to go through all this so I can pave the way for other women,” Pollex said. “I’ve been given this really important role in this life, and if I’m going to leave a legacy behind and help other people, then I need to do it 100 percent.”
Celebrating the Life of Sherry Pollex
Sherry Pollex’s impact on the NASCAR community and beyond will not be forgotten. Her unwavering strength, kindness, and dedication to making a difference will continue to inspire others to follow in her footsteps.
The Pollex family has requested privacy during this difficult time, but it is clear that Sherry’s love and caring spirit will always live on in the hearts of those who were touched by her extraordinary journey.
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