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Many people have complained about the struggle they have had to get out from under the cloud that seems to have overtaken much of 2017. NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. has experienced that cloud firsthand.


Not only has he had to race on despite his longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex’ ongoing cancer battle, but his race team has also had to struggle with the sudden loss of Furniture Row Racing team member Jim Watson, who died Oct. 21 as a result of a heart attack.

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Yet Martin, Sherry and his team continue to march on, even grabbing a win at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 22. And while they could have united in sadness, they instead found solace in a celebration.

“Hanging in the motorhome lot with the best group of guys in the garage,” Sherry wrote alongside a number of pics showing her, Martin and the team in the midst of an after-race celebration. “Unbelievable!!! Still can’t believe this is our life. So grateful.”

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Indeed, Sherry has long lived with a grateful heart, despite currently finding herself in the midst of ongoing chemotherapy treatments for her ovarian cancer. How does she find a way to live with such a grateful heart?

Sometimes, she finds it in something as simple as music.

“Music is such a huge part of my life,” Sherry told Rare Country in an interview this past September. “I listen to it when I work out or when I’m sitting in the bus. I mean, I listen to everything – country, Jack Johnson, gospel. I listen to a little bit of everything. There is a lot of music that motivates me and kind of puts me back in place. Luke Bryan’s ‘Drink a Beer’ is one of the coolest songs ever because I think that’s how I live my life.”

In midst of cancer fight, NASCAR’s Sherry Pollex finds another reason to celebrate Twitter/Sherry Pollex
Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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