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TC Daily Pit Stop: Sherry Pollex Passes Away at Age 44; Hamlin Scores Victory at Bristol Night Race; Hocevar Returns to LMC for Texas and Talladega; Clash Back at LA Memorial Coliseum in 2024
TC Daily Pit Stop: Monday, September 18th, 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.
Denny Hamlin had been knocking on the door of victory lane in the opening two races of the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, Hamlin kicked the door down as he scored an emphatic win in front of a displeased crowd.
Hamlin led 135 of the 500 laps on the night, and easily cruised to the finish line ahead of Kyle Larson. Hamlin then jabbed the crowd afterward.
Bubba Wallace was relieved to advance to the Round of 12 of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs after hearing for weeks that he had no shot from his most ardent detractors. Wallace is gaining confidence and is starting to use his haters as fuel for his championship hopes.
Kevin Harvick suffered through what he considered the worst race of his NASCAR Cup Series career, as he was eliminated from NASCAR Cup Series Playoff contention at Bristol. Joey Logano, the defending champion was swept up in a crash, which ended his championship bid. Michael McDowell and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished top-10, but also didn’t score enough points to advance.
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.
The Busch Light Clash, an exhibition event that opens the NASCAR Cup Series season, will be held at the LA Memorial Coliseum for the third consecutive season in 2024.
On Sunday, NASCAR announced that the race would return to Southern California, and it will be run on Sunday, February 4, 2024. A new wrinkle added for this year is a special NASCAR Mexico Series event, which will also run at the Coliseum as a preceding event to the Busch Light Clash.
“This is a tremendous win for our fans and our sport,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR’s Senior Vice President, Racing Development and Strategy. “Not only will the fans see the stars of the NASCAR Cup Series in action, they will also bear witness to the talent and skill that is found within the NASCAR Mexico Series. I can’t think of a better way to begin our 2024 season.”
Daniel Dye, a full-time competitor for GMS Racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, will make his debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
Dye will pilot the No. 44 Chevrolet Camaro for Alpha Prime Racing with primary sponsorship from Champion Container Corporation. In all, Dye will contest three NASCAR Xfinity Series races with Alpha Prime.
After his race at Texas, Dye will return at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and the season finale at Phoenix Raceway.
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