About Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.: A champion both on and off the track
Martin Truex Jr. captured the prestigious NASCAR Cup Series championship in 2017, his first title in NASCAR’s top division.
While Truex has demonstrated exemplary driving skills, his philanthropic success has been equally impressive with the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation.
The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation has raised millions of dollars for charitable causes over the years. The Foundation’s primary focus is to raise awareness and research funding for childhood and ovarian cancer.
The Foundation’s annual Catwalk for a Cause is one of the most celebrated charitable events in the NASCAR industry. The stylish gala showcases cancer stricken children and women walking the runway with NASCAR drivers and their spouses.
Catwalk for a Cause, which was formed in 2009 by Truex’s partner Sherry Pollex, raised more than $650,000 in 2017.
As a race car driver, Truex’s championship journey started as a youngster competing in go-karts near his hometown of Mayetta, N.J. His father, Martin Truex Sr., also raced while building a successful seafood business.
To help support his racing endeavors, the younger Truex worked on his father’s clam boats, which allowed him the resources to polish his racing skills.
Truex’s success in go-karts, modified cars and as a part-time racer in the Xfinity Series, caught the attention of Dale Earnhardt Inc.(DEI), which signed him in 2004 to drive the team’s Xfinity Series race car.
After winning a pair of Xfinity Series championships for DEI in 2004 and 2005, Truex graduated to full time status in the elite NASCAR Cup Series in 2006.
He later drove for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing.
Before joining Furniture Row Racing in 2014, Truex scored two Cup victories. But in the past three seasons (2015-2017) with the Denver, Colo.-based team his win column took an upward turn, claiming 13 victories and berths in the post season playoffs. He was a final four participant in 2015 and 2017.
Along with winning the 2017 championship, Truex led the Cup series with wins (8), top fives (19), top 10s (26), laps led (2,253), stage wins (19), average start (6.8) and average finish (9.4).
Truex was graced with a number of awards for his banner 2017 season, including Colorado Sportsperson of the Year, New Jersey Sportsperson of the Year, National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Driver of the Year, NASCAR.com Driver of the Year, Eastern Motorsport Press Association Driver of the Year and AutoWeek Driver of the Year.
Truex and Pollex were the co-recipients of the prestigious National Motorsports Press Association Myers Brothers Award. The honor was not only for their continued charitable work revolving around childhood and ovarian cancer through the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, but for their many accomplishments in the face of adversity.