November 29, 2017 –
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.
Truex, with his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship, captured the attention of NASCAR fans everywhere during 2017. His on-track dominance was one reason, as the New Jersey-native won a series-high eight races. But even more so, fans were drawn to the unassuming Truex because of the grace he and Pollex showed in the face of heartache.
Pollex battled a recurrence of ovarian cancer throughout the 2017 season, sometimes missing Truex’s race-winning performances while undergoing treatments to counter the disease.
The couple transformed their adversity into opportunity.
Their charitable efforts around childhood and ovarian cancer have helped spotlight the diseases, with their annual Catwalk for a Cause fashion show, as well as the “Drive for Teal and Gold,” both raising funds to help find a cure.
The Myers Brothers Award – named after pioneer NASCAR competitors Billy and Bobby Myers – has been presented every year since 1958.
A number of other awards were presented, acknowledging achievements ranging from marketing excellence to success on the track and skill in the garage.