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Sherry Pollex has cancer recurrence

Sherry Pollex with her boyfriend Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota Camry before the Monster Energy Cup Series Food City 500 on April 24, 2017, at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. Jeffrey Vest/Icon Sportswire

Martin Truex, Jr. loves his team for many reasons, the great cars and owner being part of it. It was [team owner Barney] Visser who told him when Truex's girlfriend Sherry Pollex was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer in 2014 that Truex could take the remainder of the season off and not worry about his ride.

He didn't miss a race, but the message resonated with Truex. Pollex has had a recurrence - not a surprise, as Pollex has said 80 percent of people with her type of cancer have a recurrence and die within five years.

"We found out a while ago about it," Truex said. "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. I'm excited to get home and see her, and everything is going great."

Truex was on the phone with Pollex minutes after the victory, a win that provided another boost to Truex's championship hopes.

--- ESPN.com ---