Martin Truex Jr.'s girlfriend diagnosed with ovarian cancer

Martin Truex Jr. will miss Friday's practice and qualifying sessions at Michigan InternationalSpeedway. According to a release issued by the team Wednesday afternoon, Sherry Pollex, his longtime partner and girlfriend, was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Martin Truex Jr. and girlfriend Sherry Pollex take part in pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

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Martin Truex Jr. will miss Friday's practice and qualifying sessions at Michigan International Speedway. 

According to a release issued by the team Wednesday afternoon, Sherry Pollex, his longtime partner and girlfriend, was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

"Sherry and Martin would like to thank the NASCAR community for all the well wishes," the release stated. "They have requested that everyone respect the family's privacy as Sherry begins her treatment and recovery."

Reigning Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton will drive the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet for Truex on Friday. Truex will re-join his Furniture Row Racing team Saturday and compete in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race.

"Everyone at Furniture Row Racing extends their thoughts and prayers to Sherry during her treatment and recovery period," said Joe Garone, Furniture Row Racing General Manager. "She is a devoted supporter of our race team and we can't wait for her return to the track."

Sherry's passion in life is fighting pediatric cancer. To learn more about Sherry's work with children, go to www.martintruexjrfoundation.org.  

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