Martin Truex Jr. con­tin­ues bit­ter­sweet sea­son

The Hamilton Spectator - - RACING 2017 - GE­ORGE DIAZ

Martin Truex Jr. cel­e­brates his dom­i­nant sea­son in calm re­flec­tion, and with pur­pose.

He drives on for him­self and his team, of course, but there is an im­por­tant pas­sen­ger who is al­ways with him, whether he feels her phys­i­cal touch.

Sherry Pollex didn’t get to hug her fi­ancé at Vic­tory Lane last Satur­day night at Ken­tucky when Truex won his third race of the sea­son, ty­ing him for sea­son-best with Jim­mie John­son and leav­ing Truex one point be­hind stand­ings leader Kyle Lar­son.

Pollex was in a hos­pi­tal, re­cov­er­ing from surgery for a re­cur­rence of her ovar­ian can­cer. She tweeted her con­grat­u­la­tions from a hos­pi­tal bed, where she was cel­e­brat­ing with her fam­ily.

“Fam­ily selfie from my hos­pi­tal room!!! Wa­hoo!!! GO MTJ!! #Nev­erGiveUp,” Pollex wrote.

Pollex, 38, was di­ag­nosed with Stage III ovar­ian can­cer in Au­gust 2014 and un­der­went rad­i­cal surgery that in­cluded re­moval of her ovaries, spleen, ap­pen­dix, Fal­lop­ian tubes and part of her stom­ach. Af­ter eight days in the hos­pi­tal, she be­gan weekly chemo­ther­apy treat­ments.

Al­though Pollex rang the bell to cel­e­brate com­plet­ing her chemo­ther­apy reg­i­men in Jan­uary 2016, it un­for­tu­nately is not sur­pris­ing that she is once again bat­tling the dis­ease, which has an 85 per cent re­cur­rence rate.

“Thank you for all the well wishes. I’ll be back at the track soon,” Pollex tweeted af­ter the race.

Truex made sure to send Sherry a shout-out dur­ing a me­dia vic­tory ses­sion.

“I got to say hi to Sherry back home,” he said. “She didn’t make it this week­end, so, ‘I love you babe.’ And all these awe­some fans, thank you guys so much for com­ing out. What an awe­some crowd. I hope they en­joyed it and that was a whole lot of fun.”

Later on, he elab­o­rated on the cir­cum­stances. “We found out a while ago about (the re­cur­rence),” Truex said Satur­day night in a TV in­ter­view with the NBC NASCAR crew. “She went in this week­end to have some surgery done. Ev­ery­thing went per­fectly good, went as planned. I’m go­ing to bring her home to­mor­row. Ex­cited to get home and see her, and ev­ery­thing is go­ing great.”

By Sun­day evening, Pollex tweeted a Vine of Truex push­ing her in a wheel­chair as the cou­ple was leav­ing the hos­pi­tal.

Truex is hav­ing a ca­reer year and seems prepped to make an­other Fi­nal Four cham­pi­onship run later in Home­stead. But it all cir­cles back to Pollex. “Sherry is ev­ery­thing to me,” Truex said on NBC. “We do ev­ery­thing to­gether. She’s my best friend.

“I’m so proud of the per­son she is and what’s she been through and the in­spi­ra­tion she’s been to so many peo­ple in­clud­ing my­self,” he added. Kenseth out Joe Gibbs Rac­ing an­nounced Tues­day that Erik Jones will drive its No. 20 Toy­ota next sea­son, re­plac­ing Matt Kenseth, who had held that seat since 2013 but whose con­tract ex­pires with this sea­son.

Kenseth, 45, won the Cup sea­son ti­tle in 2003, has six Top 10 fin­ishes this sea­son and is listed 16th in the stand­ings. Jones, 21, has five Top 10s and is in 18th but also on a one-year loaner con­tract to Gibbs’ sis­ter team Fur­ni­ture Row Rac­ing, and Gibbs needed a spot for Jones in 2018.

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