The girlfriend of a NASCAR favorite is forced to stand up for her man Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for NASCAR)
BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 19: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota, stands with girlfriend Sherry Pollex during prerace ceremonies before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 19, 2012 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Sherry Pollex has much that she could be worrying about these days, as the longtime girlfriend of NASCAR superstar Martin Truex Jr. recently was hospitalized for treatment due to a recurrence of her ovarian cancer. But instead of worrying about herself, she finds herself often having to stick up for her man, especially on social media.

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“If they talk shit about Martin, I’m gonna block them because I don’t like when people talk shit about him,” she said in a recent interview on about her social media usage. “So I’m really protective of him. If somebody says something bad about him — because he’s like the nicest guy ever — then I have to block them.”

She even encounters her fair share of backlash about her and Martin’s personal life. “Don’t judge my situation,” she said in the podcast. “Don’t ask me why I’m not married. You know what I mean? There are so many things that are not appropriate for that time. You don’t know my situation, you don’t know my life, so don’t make those assumptions and I won’t make them about you. But I do get the marriage question a lot. I get a lot of people that ask why we’re not married. Well, it’s been 12 years, we’re still not married, we’re probably never gonna get married — so if we’re OK with it, you should be, too.”

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But heck, Sherry is a fighter, both on and off social media. That’s for sure.

“I’m all for a good argument,” she said. “Ask Martin: I was born to argue. I love arguing with people. But if you’re gonna argue with me, do it politely. Don’t call me names and don’t say anything obnoxious about Martin, because if you do cross that line, I’m gonna probably block you.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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