Martin Truex Jr. won his very first NASCAR Championship this season, but at one of the many end-of-the-year award ceremonies, he was given another notable accolade that not only included him, but also his wife Sherry Pollex.
During the end of November’s festivities in Las Vegas, both Truex and Pollex were given The Myers Brothers Award, which is the top award handed out after each season to those who have made “outstanding contributions” to the sport. It was awarded to them for their charitable work surrounding childhood and ovarian cancer — a cause very near and dear to the couple.
The duo’s Catwalk for a Cause, a fundraiser and fashion show benefiting children with cancer, has been operational for eight years now, and has raised over $550,000 this year alone.
Truex and Pollex also hosted their second annual “Drive for Teal & Gold” earlier this September, which features many NASCAR drivers across all three series in a charity campaign that sees them racing with gold and teal steering wheels in honor of childhood (gold ribbon) and ovarian (teal ribbon) cancer. At the end of the month, each wheel is auctioned off.
Pollex herself has been battling ovarian cancer, and had only just recently beat out her most recent diagnosis. Understandably, she was emotional when accepting the honor on stage and couldn’t talk as much as Truex did.
“I didn’t see that coming,” Truex said to Pollex upon accepting the award. “I didn’t either,” Pollex replied. “I’m going to try really hard not to cry. It’s been a crazy, crazy year for both of us. Personally and professionally with my cancer and …”
Truex went on to say what the ability to help others has meant to the both of them, especially considering Pollex’s constant battles.
“This is definitely an unbelievable honor to receive this award… We are so proud of everybody. We’ve learned so much from past champions. Just everybody in this sport is willing to give back and willing to give their time to great causes. We don’t deserve all the credit for this. I think we’ve learned a lot of lessons from a lot of people in this room and a lot of people in this sport in general,” Truex elaborated.
“We’re very fortunate and definitely lucky to be able to give our time to great causes, and I’m so proud of (Pollex) for her fight and her battle and what she’s been able to pull through and get through, and at the same time willing to help others to give her time,” he added. “Just really, really proud of this. Thank you all very, very much.”
The annual awards, which have been presented since 1958, are voted on by the National Motorsports Press Association, and together, they gave 82 percent of their vote this year to Truex and Pollex.
Other awards handed out at the Myers Brothers Awards included the Chevrolet Lifetime Achievement Award, which went to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s foundation that auctions off cars for different causes, and the Buddy Shuman Award, which went to SMI Chairman Bruton Smith for his contributions to NASCAR.