Martin Truex Jr. is a popular professional American stock car racer. Martin is currently a full-time competitor in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, he is also the reigning champion of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and Truex drives the Toyota Camry for Furniture Row with starting number 78.
Truex was born on June 29, 1980, in Trenton, New Jersey, but grew up in Stafford Township, Mayetta, New Jersey. He graduated from Southern Regional High School in 1998. When he turned 18, Martin finally had the opportunity to take racing more seriously. His father, Martin Senior, himself a racing driver and former NASCAR K&N Pro Series East winner, played an important role in influencing his career choice for racing.
It turned out that it wasn’t just Truex Jr. who inherited the racing genes in the family, as his younger brother Ryan is also a car racer and former K&N Pro Series East champion. Martin started go-kart racing at a young age at the popular New Egypt Speedway in Central New Jersey.
Martin Jr. made progress in his career in 1998 when he moved to the modified division at Wall Stadium in 1998 and officially raced after the age of 18 in accordance with New Jersey regulations. Truex began racing in the NASCAR Camping World East Series in 2000 when he turned 20 and won an impressive five races in 4 years. He also followed in his father’s footsteps when he started racing in the Busch North Series.
He made his first start in the Busch Series in 2001 in his father’s number 56 Chevy at the Dover International Speedway. Although he started in 19th place, he finished in a low 38th place due to an early crash. Throughout his career, Truex Jr. looked more and more like his father, and at the beginning of the 2003 season, he started the season with his father’s team before he was hired by the famous Dale Earnhardt Jr. to drive his number 81 Chance 2 Chevy. Truex made his debut with Chance 2 at the Richmond International Raceway.
Martin Truex Jr. has always led a very orderly life, but in January 2007 he showed his not-so-pleasant side when he was charged with disorderly conduct after being discovered by a police officer urinating on his car in a public parking garage. After the investigation was conducted, it was discovered that Truex had been drinking in a bar with his friends and members of his team. He was then charged with paying a sum of 100 dollars and was asked to apologize publicly.
Apart from being an obvious racing enthusiast, Truex is also an avid soccer and hockey fan, as well as a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL and the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL.
Truex basically had only one woman in his life – Sherry Pollex, they have been together since 2005. The couple ventured into philanthropy when they established their foundation in 2007 with the sole purpose of supporting children diagnosed with childhood cancer. Their relationship faltered somewhat when Pollex was diagnosed with stage two ovarian cancer in 2014. She has received support and recognition throughout the country for her openness in her fight against cancer. The two are not yet formally married.
Martin Truex Jr. is an American stock car racer who has achieved a lot of wealth through his efforts in his career. So far he has been able to accumulate an estimated net worth of 30 million dollars.
Other Facts About Martin Truex Jr
- He started go-karting at the age of 11 and then switched to the famous Wall Stadium Speedway at the age of 18.
- In 2007, Truex and his wife Sherry founded a non-profit charity in NJ and NC, the Martin Turex Jr Foundation.
- His younger brother Ryan is also a race driver and two-time K&N Pro Series East champion. He currently drives part-time races as part of the Nationwide Series for various teams.
- He is about 1.80 m tall and weighs 180ib (82 kg).
- Martin’s partner Sherry Pollex raised more than $650,000 in 2017 through her Catwalk for a Cause project, which was launched in 2009.
- After an impressive 2017, Martin received several awards, including National Motorsport Press Association (NMPA) Driver of the Year, Colorado Sportsman of the Year, New Jersey Sportsman of the Year, Eastern Motorsport Press Association Driver of the Year, AutoWeek Driver of the Year.