Sherry Pollex, who was the longtime partner of NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr., passed away Sunday (September 17), according to a statement from her family.
“It is with great sorrow that our beloved daughter and sister Sherry quietly passed away on the morning of Sunday, September 17. Although there are no words to express our sadness, we take solace in the fact that Sherry is no longer suffering and has been taken back in the arms of the Lord. As we all know, Sherry lived her life to the fullest, as she influenced thousands, if not millions of people through her own personal journey. Her love for her family, Catwalk kids who she adored, and her friends will last forever. Please join our family in thanking God for giving us Sherry, she’s such an incredible expression of love that will live on. We will continue her legacy of love and caring for those in need as she will always be alive in our hearts.
Psalm 23: 4
‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.'”
Pollex was a fixture in the NASCAR community and became known for cancer research advocacy and fundraising. She and NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. started the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation in 2007. At the time it was a charity for needy children, but after Pollex’s cancer diagnosis in 2014 shifted its focus to “underfunded cancer initiatives specific to childhood and ovarian cancers,” according to the foundation’s website.
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Pollex was the daughter of Greg Pollex, a longtime NASCAR car owner. Pollex first met Truex when she was working in public relations for NASCAR. According to CBS Sports, the two began dating in 2005 and maintained a relationship for 18 years before splitting prior to the 2023 racing season.
Her ex, Martin Truex Jr., was among those remembering her resilience and charity work in the midst of her cancer battle.
Others paying tribute included NASCAR racers and teams who shared photos and memories of Pollex.
She was such a fighter. Inspiring in how she went about her own challenges but also how she learned to live every day to it’s fullest. Amy and I were lucky to have known her and call her a friend. https://t.co/wVzIxlK9LK
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) September 17, 2023
The NASCAR family mourns the loss of Sherry Pollex, who fought tirelessly with her philanthropic efforts to combat cancer.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) September 17, 2023
Extremely sad to learn of the passing of Sherry Pollex…it was less than a year ago that she served as our honorary pace car driver. Sherry was such a fighter and has done so much in an effort to benefit those who are also fighting. Godspeed, Sherry. You have certainly left this… pic.twitter.com/jYc521N1IK
— Kip Childress (@KipChildress) September 17, 2023
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of @SherryPollex.
Her strength throughout her cancer battle was an inspiration to the entire NASCAR community. Our thoughts & prayers are with her family & friends at this time. pic.twitter.com/aiha5O3fHu
— Xfinity Racing (@XfinityRacing) September 17, 2023
I met Sherry Pollex when I drove for her father’s race team. She was always happy 😁 and talkative and nice to me. I’m so sorry❤️. My prayers to her family. Her life will live on through Racing.
— Kenny Wallace (@Kenny_Wallace) September 17, 2023