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Races  that Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats is scheduled to be the primary sponsor (hood) in 2018:
Daytona 500 - 2/18
Atlanta - 2/25
Las Vegas - 3/4
Auto Club - 3/18
Texas - 4/8
Richmond - 4/21
Talladega - 4/29
Charlotte - 5/27
Pocono - 6/3
Daytona - 7/7
Bristol - 8/18
Darlington - 9/2
Talladega - 10/14
Kansas - 10/21
Texas - 11/4
Homestead - 11/18
Races  that 5-Hour Energy Racing is scheduled to be the primary sponsor (hood) in 2018:
Daytona, Clash - 2/11
Phoenix - 3/11
Martinsville - 3/25
Dover - 5/6
Kansas - 5/12
Charlotte, All-Star - 5/19
Sonoma - 6/24
Chicago - 7/1
New Hampshire - 7/22
Watkins Glen - 8/5
Michigan - 8/12
Las Vegas - 9/16
Dover - 10/7
Martinsville - 10/28
Races  that Auto-Owners Insurance is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Bristol - 4/15
Michigan - 6/10
Kentucky - 7/14
Pocono - 7/29
Indianapolis - 9/9
Richmond - 9/22
Charlotte - 9/30
Phoenix - 11/11
Contract Status: Driver: 2018; Primary Sponsors: Furniture Row = owner; Bass Pro Shops 2018; Auto-Owners Insurance 2018; 5-Hour Energy 2018
#78 Team / Driver News
Star-studded musical lineup to perform at Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Gala - Catwalk for a Cause: ward-winning artists Cassadee Pope, Cole Swindell and Cold Creek County will perform during the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation's 9th annual Catwalk for a Cause presented by Furniture Row, a fundraiser for childhood cancer awareness and initiatives. The gala, which will carry the theme of Mid Summer Night's Dream, will take place Wednesday evening May 16 at the Statesville Regional Airport, and will again feature Catwalk Heroes - children in treatment or remission from cancer walking the runway with NASCAR drivers and their spouses.[More](5-10-2018)
Truex Jr. to make 450th career start in Richmond: Martin Truex Jr. will make his 450th career NASCAR Cup Series start in Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway. "That's crazy how time flies," said Truex when he was told that Richmond will be his 450th career start. "Just seems like yesterday we were making preparations to run our first Cup races.[More](4-18-2018)
Martin Truex. Jr. won the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway. The win is his first win of 2018, first win at Auto Club and 16th career win.
#42-Larson finished 2nd followed by #18-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #22-Logano, #11-Hamlin, #20-Jones, #12-Blaney, #48-Johnson, and #3-Dillon.
Truex started from the pole, swept all three stages, and led 125 of the 200 laps.
There were 16 lead changes among 7 drivers and 5 cautions for 21 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 147.526mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf)
Unofficial Owners Points Standings (pdf)
Drivers council gets new members: Reigning Cup champion Martin Truex Jr. and youngsters Ty Dillon and William Byron are the newest members of the Drivers Council, NBC Sports has confirmed. They replace Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott.[More](2-15-2018)
Despite banner season, Martin Truex Jr. feels he's capable of more: As the start of a new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season arrives, life is quite a bit better for Martin Truex Jr.-not to mention noticeably different. Now that he's returning to Daytona as the series champion, Truex feels that difference.[More](2-14-2018)
Martin Truex, Jr. & Brittany Force named Drivers of the Year: NHRA 2017 Top Fuel champion Brittany Force and NASCAR Cup 2017 champ Martin Truex Jr. have been named co-winners of the Jerry Titus Memorial Award Driver of the Year honors by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association. Force and Truex tied for the most votes in balloting among AARWBA members.[More](1-2-2018)
Truex Jr. Named Colorado's Sportsperson of the Year: NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr. has been named Colorado's 2017 Sportsperson of the Year, the top honor awarded annually by Mile High Sports. The Furniture Row Racing driver, who graces the cover in the recent issue of Mile High Sports Magazine, was also named Colorado's "Fan Favorite" Athlete of the Year in a fan vote conducted at MileHighSports.com. The Denver-based Furniture Row Racing also was cited for excellence, claiming the Mile High Sports honor as Colorado's Team of the Year. Joe Garone, Furniture Row Racing team president, was a finalist in the Executive of the Year category.[More](12-31-2017)
Truex Jr. named New Jersey Sportsperson of the Year: If you were to rank all of the sports where a New Jersey native might become the best in the world, where would you have put NASCAR? Just a guess: It would be somewhere below baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, bowling, track and field, gymnastics, fencing, badminton, archery, polo, lacrosse, swimming, volleyball, table tennis, skiing, snowboarding, sumo wrestling, jolleyball, mud wrestling, thumb wrestling and roller derby, and slightly above quidditch and podracing. Alas, here we are, in 2017. The greatest NASCAR driver in the world is Martin Truex Jr., a 37-year-old from the Mayetta section of Stafford Township. How small is Mayetta? It might be four or five blocks along Route 9 in Ocean County, so tiny that even the Wikipedia entry is tiny.[More](12-19-2017)
Truex honored as NASCAR's newest champion: It was fitting for Martin Truex Jr. to be introduced as NASCAR's newest champion by his buddy Dale Earnhardt Jr. It was Earnhardt who helped Truex venture out of New Jersey to give it a go in NASCAR. Now, nearly 15 years later, Truex was on racing's biggest stage.[More](12-1-2017)
The inside story of the race that made Martin Truex Jr. a champion: Understandably, the proudest moment of Martin Truex's racing life was simultaneously a source of enormous frustration for Kyle Busch. But both drivers recall with indelible clarity the closing laps of the Nov. 19 Ford Eco-Boost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race that made Truex a champion and Busch a disappointed runner-up for the title.[More](11-29-2017)
Martin Truex, Jr. and Sherry Pollex win NMPA Myers Brothers Award: A storybook season added another brilliant chapter on Wednesday as Martin Truex Jr. and girlfriend Sherry Pollex won the prestigious 2017 Myers Brothers Award. The honor recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to stock car racing and is voted upon by the National Motorsports Press Association.[More](11-29-2017)
Truex Jr. makes stop in Denver; Mayor proclaims Furniture Row Racing Day: Martin Truex Jr, the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion, stopped in Denver Monday for a media event at the Showroom @Furniture Row. The championship trophy and Truex's Furniture Row Racing's #78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats winning Toyota from Homestead were big hits with the local media.[More](11-28-2017)
Kyle Busch the early favorite to win 2018 MENCS Championship: He finished 2nd in the 2017 points, but Kyle Busch opens as the favorite to win the 2018 title at 9-2. Defending champ Martin Truex Jr. is just behind at 5-1, with Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick.[More](11-26-2017)
Martin Truex Jr. Wins 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Following a long and winding road, Martin Truex Jr. finally owns the biggest prize in motorsports. The driver of the #78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota capped off a dominant season in fitting fashion -by capturing the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship with a stirring victory in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. To take the title, Truex outdueled his Championship 4 competitors #18-Kyle Busch (second), #4-Kevin Harvick (fourth) and #2-Brad Keselowski (seventh). On the strength of 16 victories, Toyota won its second-consecutive Monster Energy Series Manufacturers' Championship.(NASCAR). Q) How much of this season was for your girlfriend Sherry Pollex? "A lot of it was for her. A lot of it was for me. A lot of it was for this team - just, I don't even know what to say. We just never gave up all day long. We didn't have the best car. I don't know how we won that thing. Never give up. Dig deep. I told my guys we were going to dig dipper than we ever have today and 20 to go I thought I was done - they were all better than me on the long run all day long.(Toyota Racing).[Read More Here](11-19-2017)
NASCAR Recap From Research Martin Truex Jr.: wins race and 1st career Cup Series championship at 37 years old; 6th driver in modern era (since 1972) to win 1st Cup Series title at 37 or older (4 of previous 5 haven't won another title). Truex Jr.: 4th driver since 1990 with 8 wins, 2,200 laps led in a season (1st since Jeff Gordon in 1996); 1st to do so and win title since Dale Earnhardt in 1990. Furniture Row Racing: 1st Cup Series championship (team debuted in 2005); 8 wins this season (6 before this season). Dale Earnhardt Jr.: finished 25th, 2 laps down in final race of final season. Won First Championship at 37 or Older - NASCAR Cup Series Modern Era (since 1972). Truex has become the third different driver to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in the elimination-style format of the Playoffs; joining Kevin Harvick (2014) and Kyle Busch (2015). Truex joins Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Bobby Labonte and Brad Keselowski as only the fifth driver all-time to boast both Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series championships. Cole Pearn has won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship with driver Martin Truex Jr.[Read More Here](11-19-2017)
#78-Martin Truex Jr. won the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway AND the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship. The win is his 8th win of 2017, 1st win at Homestead and 15th career win.
#18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #42-Larson, #4-Harvick, #24-Elliott, #22-Logano, #2-Keselowski, #20-Kenseth, #11-Hamlin(pole winner) and #31-Newman.
Pole winner, #11-Hamlin never led a lap but finished 9th.
#78-Truex Jr. won the championship by winning the race with #18-Busch 2nd, #4-Harivck 4th and #2-Keselowski 7th.
Stage 1 was won by #42-Larson, finished 3rd
Stage 2 was won by #42-Larson, finished 3rd
There were 13 lead changes among 4 drivers and 5 cautions for 26 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 131.900mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Martin Truex Jr. holds off Kyle Busch for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title At the end of a riveting, breathtaking battle that had fans in the grandstands on their feet long after the checkered flag, Martin Truex Jr. held off Kyle Busch by .681 seconds at Homestead-Miami Speedway to win Sunday's Ford Eco-Boost 400 and his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title. In Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s last race in the #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Truex-one of Earnhardt's closest friends-kept Busch behind him during a 34-lap green-flag run to the finish. "It's just overwhelming," a tearful Truex said in Victory Lane. "To think about all the rough days and bad days, the days that we couldn't run 20th, to be here-I never thought this day would come, and to be here is so unbelievable." The victory was a timely gift for Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser, who is back home in Denver, Colo., recovering from a heart attack and subsequent bypass surgery. It was also a gift to Truex's long-time girlfriend Sherry Pollex, who has been battling ovarian cancer. "A lot of it was for her," said Truex, who won for the first time at Homestead and the 15th time in his career. "A lot of it was for me. A lot of it was for this team - just, I don't even know what to say. We just never gave up all day long. We didn't have the best car. I don't know how we won that thing. Never give up. Dig deep."(NASCAR Wire Service)
AND Following a long and winding road, Martin Truex Jr. finally owns the biggest prize in motorsports. The driver of the 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota capped off a dominant season in fitting fashion -by capturing the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship with a stirring victory in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. To take the title, Truex outdueled his Championship 4 competitors 18-Kyle Busch (second), 4-Kevin Harvick (fourth) and 2-Brad Keselowski (seventh). On the strength of 16 victories, Toyota won its second-consecutive Monster Energy Series Manufacturers' Championship.(NASCAR). Q) How much of this season was for your girlfriend Sherry Pollex? "A lot of it was for her. A lot of it was for me. A lot of it was for this team - just, I don't even know what to say. We just never gave up all day long. We didn't have the best car. I don't know how we won that thing. Never give up. Dig deep. I told my guys we were going to dig dipper than we ever have today and 20 to go I thought I was done - they were all better than me on the long run all day long.(Toyota Racing).[Read More Here](11-19-2017)
Race Fast Facts - Championship Fast Facts
- Martin Truex Jr has won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship, becoming the 32nd different series champion.
- Truex wins in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to claim the 2017 title.
- Truex has become the third different driver to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in the elimination-style format of the Playoffs; joining Kevin Harvick (2014) and Kyle Busch (2015).
- Truex joins Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Bobby Labonte and Brad Keselowski as only the fifth driver all-time to boast both Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series championships.
- In 2017, Truex has posted eight wins, 19 top fives, 26 top 10s and three poles.
- Truex (Mayetta) is the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion from the state of New Jersey.
Owner Champion: Barney Visser, Furniture Row Racing
- This is Furniture Row Racing's first series owner championship in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
- Furniture Row Racing¡¦s previous best championship standings finish was fourth in 2015 with driver Martin Truex Jr.
- Furniture Row Racing is the only Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team based out of Denver, Colorado.
Crew Chief Champion: Cole Pearn
- Cole Pearn has won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship with driver Martin Truex Jr.
- Pearn is the 39th different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series crew chief to win a championship.
- Pearn has posted 13 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories; all with driver Martin Truex Jr.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(11-19-2017)
Visser suffers heart attack: Furniture Row Racing says team owner Barney Visser suffered a heart attack on Saturday Nov. 4 and underwent successful bypass surgery Monday Nov. 6 in Denver, Colo. Due to the recommended recovery period for the procedure, he will not attend the final two NASCAR Cup Series races. Visser said he was not feeling well and experiencing numbness before checking into the hospital last Saturday. Visser is expected to be released from the hospital by the end of the week or early next week.[More](11-10-2017)
Auto-Owners Insurance increases primary sponsorship with Furniture Row: Furniture Row Racing announced that Auto-Owners Insurance has increased its 2018 primary sponsorship package from six to eight races on Martin Truex Jr.'s #78 Toyota Camry. With the addition of the two Auto-Owners Insurance primary races, Truex's Furniture Row Racing Camry will be fully sponsored for all 38 events in 2018, including 36 NASCAR Cup Series point races, The Clash at Daytona and the All-Star Race at Charlotte.[More](11-7-2017)
Sad News - Jim Watson: James "Jim" Watson, a road-crew fabricator for Furniture Row Racing's NASCAR Cup Series teams, passed away Saturday night at the age of 55 after suffering a heart attack. A native of Greenfield, Wis. (near Milwaukee), Jim had been a member of Furniture Row Racing since February 2017. [More](10-22-2017)
Truex, Jr., Pollex win NMPA Spirit Award: Furniture Row Racing driver Martin Truex Jr. and long-time girlfriend Sherry Pollex have been voted the third quarter winners of the National Motorsports Press Association's Pocono Spirit Award. The Spirit Award recognizes character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports.[More](10-17-2017)
Bass Pro Shops & 5-Hour Energy to sponsor Truex, Jr for 30 races: In a spirited partnership arrangement with Furniture Row Racing, Bass Pro Shops and 5-hour ENERGY have teamed to form a 30-race co-primary sponsorship on Martin Truex Jr.'s #78 Toyota during the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season. For 16 selective races the orange-hued paint scheme will feature Bass Pro Shops as the dominant brand on the hood and 5-hour Energy as the dominant brand on the side of the car. For another 14 selective races the red-hued paint scheme will showcase 5-hour ENERGY as the dominant brand on the hood and Bass Pro Shops as the dominant brand on the sides.[More](10-15-2017)
Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Give Spinal Cord Injured a Day to Remember The giddy smiles said it all after spinal cord injured participants took a 135 mile per hour spin at Dover International Speedway with Martin Truex Jr. in an adaptive #78 race car donated by Furniture Row Racing. Kelly Brush, a paraplegic and skier from Charlotte, Vt. was one of the 10 participants Thursday, who got to experience the thrill of a few laps around the Monster Mile. Brush and other spinal cord injured got to drive the car which had special hand controls linked to the accelerator and braking. Known as NeuroGroove RaceDay, the event is a program aligned with Falci Adaptive Biosystems and its cutting edge technology to maximize the impact of bringing mobility to paraplegic, quadriplegic and disabled individuals. The founder of the program is Dr. Scott Falci, chief neurosurgeon at Craig Hospital in Denver.(Furniture Row Racing PR)[Read More Here](9-29-2017)
Furniture Row to assume management of pit crew members: The crews will still train with Joe Gibbs Racing.[More](8-16-2017)
Sherry Pollex has cancer recurrence: 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.[More](7-9-2017)
Truex took less money to stay with Furniture Row: It's been the best season of Martin Truex Jr.'s career, as his victory in Sunday's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway was his third win of 2016. Without question, Truex knows that his move to Furniture Row Racing in 2014 was a great decision. And team owner Barney Visser said Sunday evening that Truex was such a team player that he actually took less money to stay with Furniture Row. "He drove for a little bit less this year than I think a lot of the drivers in his class have, and he did it because he wanted to be here," said Visser, the founder and owner of the Denver-based team. "I can't thank him enough for all that." Truex confirmed that he had taken less money to stay with Furniture Row, which Visser has largely funded on his own since starting the team in 2005. "Barney has put a lot into his race team over the years, obviously," said Truex. "Seeing Furniture Row on that race car each and every year, that's Barney's race car and Barney is the one funding it. He had to change some things in the way he was running his race team." And that led to a discussion between the driver and the owner. "He (Visser) asked me if I would kind of not take the hit, but be the one that took a little bit of a hit for the team to make sure we could keep the competition up and make sure we could continue to get the things we needed to be competitive and win races and hopefully go after a championship," said Truex.(Fox Sports)(9-20-2016)
Truex Jr. Signs New Contract; Bass Pro Shops Increase Sponsorship: Furniture Row Racing announced that Martin Truex Jr. has signed a new two-year agreement to drive the team's #78 Toyota Camry in NASCAR's Cup Series. The new contract takes effect starting with the 2017 season. The Denver-based racing organization also announced that Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats, which joined Furniture Row Racing as a partner in 2016, will increase its primary sponsorship schedule on Truex's #78 Toyota from 12 to 16 races in 2017, starting with the season-opening Daytona 500.
The expansion builds on the long-standing relationship between Bass Pro Shops and Truex Jr., an avid outdoorsman and longtime fishing buddy of Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris. In addition to serving as Truex's first sponsor when he started his NASCAR career, Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats were the primary sponsors for two NASCAR Xfinity Series championships in 2004 and 2005, as well as the primary sponsor for Truex's first three years in the Sprint Cup Series.
"The signing of Martin Truex Jr. to a new contract and Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats adding more races to its primary sponsorship package are signs of strength and confidence for the future of Furniture Row Racing," said team president Joe Garone. "Martin has proved over and over that he is one of the blue chip drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and we are elated that he will continue to drive our #78 Toyota."
Garone added, "Bass Pro Shops has been one of the most visible, committed and respected sponsors in NASCAR for many years. We are grateful that the company is making an additional commitment to our team. Adding Bass Pros Shops, Tracker Boats and Auto-Owners Insurance to our sponsorship family this season has played a vital role, along with Furniture Row and Denver Mattress, in the success and growth of our company."
Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris said of the announcement: "We are excited to elevate our support and partnership with our good friend Martin Truex Jr., an amazing competitor on the track and a passionate sportsman who loves the outdoors. It brings us tremendous pride to see Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats prominently displayed and have Martin personally representing our brands. Together with our longstanding friends at Toyota and Furniture Row Racing, we believe our partnership with Martin has a very bright future."
Truex, 36, said, "I am pleased that we're going to continue our momentum from this season. This is where I want to be, driving the #78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. We've come a long way in a short period of time. There are many reasons to feel excited and optimistic about the future of our racing program starting with the commitment from our team owner Barney Visser, the support from Toyota, the technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing and the Bass Pro Shops sponsorship. We definitely have the resources and talent to go after victories and championships. I want to thank Barney and Joe Garone for the confidence that they have placed in me and also want to thank my good friend and hunting/fishing partner Johnny Morris for the continued support from Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats."(Furniture Row Racing)(8-4-2016)
Truex Jr. tells story of Sherry Pollex's cancer battle: Just over a month ago Sherry Pollex, the long-time girlfriend of Sprint Cup driver #78-Martin Truex Jr., celebrated the end of almost two years of precautionary chemotherapy for Stage III ovarian cancer. Now Truex, about to start his third season with Furniture Row Racing, has shared his perspective on Pollex's journey in a blog for the Players' Tribune. Truex begins with the genesis of his relationship with Pollex, who he met 10 years ago at a race track and quickly began dating. They moved in together after just six months. Pollex's cancer diagnosis came in August 2014 after months of mysterious pain in her abdomen. The chemotherapy Pollex would finish in January 2016 began to take a toll. Even before her diagnosis, the couple had done work in the cancer community with the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation. The foundation had primarily focused on research and support of pediatric cancer. Now it has rebranded to also fight ovarian cancer.(NBC Sports and read Truex's story at the Players' Tribune site)(2-16-2016)
The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation: We will fight childhood and ovarian cancers: Responding to a yearlong journey that has sharpened their perspective on the devastating impact of ovarian and childhood cancers, NASCAR Driver Martin Truex Jr. and longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex today announced the foundation's new mission to raise awareness of and funding for childhood and ovarian cancer initiatives. September is the national awareness month for both childhood and ovarian cancers. The foundation also unveiled its logo symbolizing the combined focus and a goal to raise $500,000 to support research of childhood and ovarian cancers during this important month and continuing through The Chase. Already, a donor has pledged to match the first $100,000 in donations. Truex Jr. launched his foundation in 2007 to help children. Over the years, Truex Jr. and Pollex have become more passionate about helping children with cancer. Then Pollex was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer in August 2014. The next year catapulted Truex Jr. and Pollex into the trenches with others fighting for their lives, spurring them to adopt a "Never Give Up" attitude and a renewed focus to fight for the critically underfunded cancers specific to childhood and ovarian cancers.
The couple is determined to find less toxic, more effective drug treatments and cures for childhood cancer. Knowing firsthand how radiation, chemotherapy and toxic chemicals decimate a body's system, Martin and Pollex are determined to help find better, safer ways to save the lives of babies, toddlers and teenagers battling cancer.
"The damage that these lifesaving drugs do to your system is awful and, at the end, there is still no guarantee that you will be cancer free," Pollex said. "What will the long-term effects be on these poor kids' systems 10, 20 and 30 years from now?" Pollex said only 4 percent of national funding goes toward childhood cancer research, and the percentage of funding allocated for ovarian cancer is equally abysmal.
Mr. Bob Douglas of Kihei, Hawaii, saw media coverage of Truex Jr. and Pollex leading into the August Pocono Race, and knew he had to help. "Martin and Sherry have been able to take a life-changing and near-death experience and turn it into an incredibly positive effort to help others," Douglas said.
"As part of our new mission and new look we have made it our goal is to raise a half million dollars to go toward research projects for both cancers," Truex Jr. said. "Bob has pledged $100,000 as part of a match, and with a race win, I will add another $50,000 to help reach our fundraising goal."
The MTJ Foundation urges donors to visit online, knowing that as part of that first $100,000, each donation is matched 100 percent.
Pollex continues to work with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) to help teach women about the symptoms of ovarian cancer. An estimated 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year and 14,000 will die - a mortality rate of more than 60 percent. Ovarian cancer is called the "silent killer" because by the time the cancer is discovered, it is often too late to save a life. To symbolize the foundation's new mission, Switch, based in St. Louis, Missouri, created a logo that ties together both the teal color representing ovarian cancer with the gold representing childhood cancer in a ribbon reminiscent of a racetrack, as a nod to Truex Jr.'s racing roots. "We are so proud to have helped transform Martin's and Sherry's passion into a logo that symbolizes support for childhood and ovarian cancers as well as the momentum of a racetrack in motion," said Nicole Phillips with Switch, "This was a meaningful and heartfelt project." To donate, please visit www.martintruexjrfoundation.org. To learn more about ovarian cancer, please visit: www.OCNA.org. To learn more about childhood cancer, visit: www.CAC2.org. The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, a 501(c)(3) founded in 2007, is now dedicated to raising awareness of and funding for childhood and ovarian cancer initiatives.(9-18-2015)