Martin Truex Jr. has had a year full of emotions, some high, some low, but all very present in his life as he’s chased the NASCAR cup series title.

But this past weekend, he did it—he clinched that title in his first-ever cup series win, and by his side was a woman stronger than any of us could know: his longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex.

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Throughout most of Martin’s season, Sherry has been battling Stage III ovarian cancer, and has often been missing from the track for health reasons.

But she was there to congratulate him at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday.

And for Martin, that made his win complete.

In a heartfelt video post, Martin talks about how Sherry’s journey, strength and courage have influenced his life and career.

“Going through this with her has made me stronger,” Martin said. “It’s made me a better person. It’s made me 20 times the driver I ever was … I know I wouldn’t be here right now if it wasn’t for her.”

According to USA Today, while onstage after the big win Sherry shared with the press and audience what her first words to Martin were after his victory.

“I told him, ‘That’s why you never give up.’”

Sherry continued, “That’s been our motto all along, ever since I started my cancer battle. It was just we were never going to give up, and we didn’t.

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“Everybody’s battling something. Everybody’s fighting something in their life, not just cancer but any kind of struggle they’re going through in their life,” she continued. “And we always say, if you can find a struggle with a positive attitude and just have a smile on your face and find the good and the silver lining in everything, in the end, you’ll come out and karma will pay you back and good things will happen to you.”

And just as hard work, a good fight, and a positive attitude have given Martin his first-ever championship, we are praying it delivers complete healing and happiness to Sherry.

God bless you both!

Samantha Stephens absolutely lives for music. When she's not making it, she's talking or writing about it. She's worked in all arenas of the country music world for nearly a decade, from syndicated radio and television to print journalism. She's even been known to crash a red carpet or two, true story.
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