NASCAR Updates: Drivers Congratulate Chase Elliott, Truex Jr. Talks About GF’s Cancer Fight
Drivers Congratulate Chase Elliott For Taking Daytona 500 Pole
There is a lot of love for rookie No. 24 Chevrolet driver Chase Elliott. The 20-year-old has become the youngest driver to take pole during the Daytona 500 qualifying on Sunday.
Elliott has been getting a lot of congratulations from the NASCAR community lately. But none of the greetings are more special than the one from former No. 24 driver and four-time premier series champion himself, Jeff Gordon.
Following Elliott’s pole win, Gordon tweeted, “Really proud of @TeamHendrick & @chaseelliott. #DAYTONA500 Pole to start the season. I know there r a lot of 24 fans proud also.” The newly retired NASCAR driver is now an analyst for the show “NASCAR on FOX,” so he will still be hanging out on the tracks throughout the season.
Truex Jr. Details Girlfriend’s Tough Cancer Fight
In an emotional piece entitled “The Fight of Our Lives,” No. 78 Furniture Row Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. revealed that his girlfriend Sherry recently finished her chemotherapy treatment a few weeks ago. They had been together for around 10 years, and Truex Jr. says that meeting her was “the best fast” of his life. He explains it’s “the fast where you can’t think about anything else.”
The two had met on the race track, fallen in love and moved in together six months later. In August of 2014, the couple received some grim news. Sherry had been diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer after undergoing a CT scan. She underwent a lengthy seven-hour surgery. Around this time, Truex said that his boss had offered to let him sit out the rest of the season, but the couple wouldn’t consider it. A few days later, Sherry started chemotherapy.
Truex will never forget how weak Sherry had become during chemotherapy. She had lost her hair and 27 pounds. Luckily for Sherry, Truex says she has now started getting back to normal, and they are encouraging everyone to help others by supporting the Martin Truex Jr Foundation. Following Sherry’s ordeal, Truex says the foundation now focuses on both pediatric and ovarian cancer.
Meanwhile, of the upcoming Daytona 500, Truex said, “When I drive through that tunnel at Daytona this week, I’ll think about Sherry. I’ll think about the good days and not take them for granted. But now I also know what to think about when the bad days come around.”