Sherry Pollex, Beloved NASCAR Figure And Cancer Research Advocate, Has Died At 44

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Beloved NASCAR figure Sherry Pollex has died following a 9-year battle with ovarian cancer.

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.

An outpouring of support and condolences came from the NASCAR community after news of Sherry Pollex’s death was announced.

Her ex, Martin Truex Jr., was among those remembering her resilience and charity work in the midst of her cancer battle.

Statement from Martin Truex Jr. regarding Sherry Pollex's death
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Others paying tribute included NASCAR racers and teams who shared photos and memories of Pollex.

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