POP-UP FOR A PURPOSE IS HERE!
We made our pop-up store debut in the Outfitters Boutique located in the Toyota Racing Experience at the ISM Raceway FanZone. This season Toyota is partnering with us at select NASCAR tracks by donating valuable space to us to sell our foundation merchandise with proceeds going back directly to our childhood and ovarian cancer initiatives. Our hopes are to unveil new 2019 MTJF and Sherry Strong items throughout the season with some clothing designed exclusively with Toyota.
“The fans here in Phoenix really supported us,” said Patty Aber, at-track and fan development partner for the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation. “We pretty much sold out of everything like our hooded sweatshirts, visors, Sunny stuffed animals, and koozies. For our first pop-up event with Toyota, it was a success. We’re definitely going to tweak a few things for our next event because we want to make this experience the best for all of our fans.”
CAR FOR OUR CAUSE FINISHES 2ND WITH RYAN TRUEX!
Ryan Truex made his 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) debut in the No. 8 Martin Truex Jr. Foundation/SherryStrong/Catwalk For A Cause Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports.
The two-time K&N Pro East Series champion wasted no time turning fast laps during Friday’s two practice sessions where he finished sixth and fourth on the speed charts. He backed it up with a solid top-10 starting spot for Saturday’s iK9 Service Dog 200 giving the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation-themed car plenty of exposure on FS1. But no one could have expected his first ride in the No. 8 to produce a runner-up finish to Kyle Busch, the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion.
“I guess it’s good when you lose to Kyle Busch,” smiled Truex who tied his best NXS finish of his career. “It felt good to be back out here racing and in a car representing the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, SherryStrong and their big fundraiser, Catwalk for a Cause. It means a lot to help Martin and Sherry raise awareness for both childhood and ovarian cancers. Most importantly, I appreciate their support and JR Motorsports for this opportunity.”
Truex, running a part-time schedule for one of the most successful teams in the Series used the opening laps to see what his car was capable of running.
“I kind of spent the first stage of the race learning. It’s been a while since I’ve been in one of these cars. Well, not a while, but it feels like a while. It took a little bit to get my bearings, and we were behind the 8-ball taking off, and we were pretty free. I’m just proud of the team for being as young of a team as it is and Taylor (Moyer) being a first-time crew chief in these cars to make the right adjustments. We got the right restarts and in the right lanes and the car was just badass.”
The next time fans will get to see Ryan will be on May 15 when he joins Martin and Sherry for the 10th Anniversary of Catwalk for a Cause at Statesville Regional Airport. He’ll be walking the runway with the Catwalk Heroes as well as his fellow competitors on the NASCAR circuit. They all will be joining forces supporting MTJF and SherryStrong cancer initiatives at Atrium Health and Novant Health in Charlotte, N.C. as well as raising awareness, boosting advocacy, and generating financial support for underfunded cancer research programs specific to ovarian and childhood cancers.
Then on June 12, he’ll climb back behind the wheel of the No. 8 at Kentucky Speedway where he hopes to finish one spot better to secure the win.
“It’s one thing to say you can do it. It’s one thing for everybody to think you can do it. But to go out and prove it feels really good. I can’t wait to go to Kentucky with JR Motorsports.”