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TC Daily Pit Stop: Thursday, September 21st, 2023
Sherry Pollex, the former long-time partner of NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr., and co-founder of the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, passed away on Sunday, September 17th according to a statement from the Pollex family. Sherry Pollex was 44 years old.
“It is with great sorrow that our beloved daughter, sister Sherry quietly passed away on the morning of Sunday, September 17,” the statement read. “Although there are no words to express our sadness, we take solace in the fact that Sherry is no longer suffering and has been taken back in the arms of the Lord.”
“As we all know, Sherry lived her life to the fullest, as she influenced thousands, if not millions of people through her own personal journey,” the statement continues. “Her love for her family, Catwalk kids who she adored, and her friends will last forever. Please join our family in thanking God for giving us Sherry, she’s such an incredible expression of love that will live on. We will continue her legacy of love and caring for those in need as she will always be alive in our hearts.”
Pollex, who faced a long, and personal battle with cancer for nearly a decade, was known largely for her advocacy and fundraising efforts for cancer research.
On Tuesday, Rackley WAR made the shocking announcement that the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team will part ways with Matt DiBenedetto three races early. The team says an announcement on a replacement driver for its No. 25 truck will be coming down the road.
DiBenedetto, who made the Playoffs this season, and then announced that he would be leaving the team at season’s end, says he is hurt by the decision.
“No words can express the disappointment I’m feeling right now and also not being able to finish the season out,” DiBenedetto posted on X. “I really want to thank my fans for always being there for me, it means the world to me and I’ll always be there for you. Thank you NASCAR and Craftsman for such an awesome series that I love competing in with all my heart! Working on 2024 and will update you all soon!”
After an impressive 11th-place finish in the NASCAR Cup Series Night Race at Bristol, which marked the best run for the No. 42 LEGACY MOTOR CLUB entry all season, the organization has tapped Carson Hocevar for more races.
On Sunday afternoon, the team released a video post on social media that revealed the 20-year-old Hocevar as the driver of the No. 42 car for this weekend’s race at Texas Motor Speedway and next week’s race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Hocevar, a native of Michigan, is in the midst of chasing a championship in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, where he has three wins so far this season.
After having a solid run, and competing for the victory in Friday’s Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, things got a little bit hot for Dale Earnhardt, Jr… literally.
In the race’s closing laps, Earnhardt radioed that he had a fire in the cockpit of his JR Motorsports machine. The shot at the win was over, and Earnhardt was credited with a less-than-stellar 30th-place finish on the night, but his performance was anything but.
“Oh yeah, yeah. I had a blast,” Earnhardt stated with a massive smile on his face. “Checked that box. Justin wins, BRANDT car wins. Great for Rick [Brandt] and his whole team. Thanks to all of the fans, we had a great crowd tonight, and the Hellmann’s car was fast, man. I never knew — we drove up there and led laps legitimately. I couldn’t believe it.
Young phenom Layne Riggs, who has excelled in the local short track world, has landed the best opportunity of his young NASCAR National Series career. On Monday, Kaulig Racing announced that it had reached a multi-race agreement with Riggs in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
In an exclusive interview with Racing America, Riggs detailed that the deal is for three races, which include Texas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and Martinsville Speedway.
The 21-year-old will have primary sponsorship from Infinity Communications, a longtime supporter of his racing endeavors.
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