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NASCAR star releases statement on ‘legacy’ of his ex partner following her tragic death

The NASCAR Cup Series driver has released a statement following the death of his former partner. Martin Truex Jr and Sherry Pollex were together for nearly 20 years, but their break up earlier this year remains a mystery.

Sherry Pollex, a beloved figure within the NASCAR industry and the longtime girlfriend of NASCAR Cup Series star Martin Truex Jr, has reportedly passed away. The 44-year-old died on Sunday morning after a nine-year battle with ovarian cancer.

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Martin Truex Jr releases statement on ‘legacy’ of ex Sherry Pollex

Following the tragic news, Martin Truex Jr has released a statement on Sherry Pollex, remembering his ex partner’s incredibly legacy for those battling cancer.

“From the very minute of her diagnosis, Sherry was determined to not only fight ovarian cancer with everything she had, but also make a difference in the lives of others battling this terrible disease,” his statement read.

“Sherry’s passion for making a difference in the lives of others was inspiring to everyone. Through her tireless charity work for so many years, her legacy will live well beyond our lifetimes and continue to help countless families who are battling ovarian and childhood cancer. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to her entire family, who have shown incredible strength and resilience throughout her battle.”

Why Martin Truex Jr and Sherry Pollex split up remains a mystery

Truex Jr and Pollex were dating started in 2005 when they were seen celebrating his second Busch (Xfinity) Series title. At the time, Pollex was working on the public relations side of the racing industry. From there the couple started an 18-year relationship together, with Pollex joining Truex Jr at various red carpet events and races, including his maiden Cup Series race at Dover in 2007.

The couple were together for nearly two decades until they announced their decision to split up at the beginning of 2023. At the time, Truex Jr made it clear he didn’t want any questions about it and his short statement on the split remain his only words on the matter.

As such, the reason for them going their separate ways remains unknown.

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She was a long-time advocate for cancer awareness

Pollex was the daughter of longtime NASCAR car owner Greg Pollex, and has been well-known in the stock car racing world for decades.

Pollex started advocating for women and children fighting cancer after she was first diagnosed with Stage III ovarian cancer in 2014 at the age of 35. Since then, she has been a long-time advocate for cancer awareness, and was the founder and president of the Martin Truex Jr Foundation which she established in 2007.

The foundation’s most notable event has long been the Catwalk for a Cause, an annual fashion show for children with pediatric cancer that many NASCAR drivers and figures participate in.

This year’s event took place last week, although Pollex didn’t attend. She received a standing ovation from those in attendance.

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