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Contact between Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr . brings out a late race caution in Atlanta setting up a shootout for the win. They would have words in the garage after the race.
Longtime girlfriend diagnosed with ovarian cancer RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Martin Truex Jr . will not be on hand for practice and qualifying Friday at Michigan International Speedway due to medical issues of longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex, according to Furniture Row Racing officials. Pollex was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer. According to her Twitter account, she has a "big surgery" on Friday. "Sherry and Martin would like to thank the NASCAR community for all the well wishes," the team said in announcing Truex's planned absence. "They have requested that everyone respect the family's privacy as Sherry begins her treatment and recovery." Reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton (ThorSport Racing) will practice and qualify the team's No. 78 Chevrolet. Truex Jr . is expected to arrive in Michigan, site of this weekend's Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, on Saturday to begin preparations for Sunday's event. The Truck Series is scheduled to compete at MIS on Saturday. "Everyone at Furniture Row Racing extends their thoughts and prayers to Sherry during her treatment and recovery period," FRR general manager Joe Garone said. "She is a devoted supporter of our race team and we can't wait for her to return to the track." According to information on the Martin Truex Jr . Foundation website, "Sherry’s passion is helping children and specifically those fighting pediatric cancer. … She is the creator of the Foundations' annual Catwalk for a Cause, which seeks to raise funds for children with special needs." Truex Jr ., twice a champion in NASCAR's Nationwide Series, is in his ninth full season of Sprint Cup competition. His younger brother, Ryan, moved up to Sprint Cup this year and competes for BK Racing. Pollex responded to well wishes on Twitter with the following tweet: Thank you so much for all the prayers!!! I'm going to need them. But I'm a fighter. I can beat this!! Cancer picked the wrong chick — Sherry Pollex (@SherryPollex) August 13, 2014 MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Rookie has developmental deal with Richard Petty Motorsports RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Ryan Truex 's rookie season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has not gone as he would have liked, and the 22-year-old has found himself out of a ride at BK Racing. Truex told The Press of Atlantic City , a newspaper in New Jersey, that he has parted ways with the team for which he drove the No. 83 Toyota in 23 races this season. He was on the initial entry list for this weekend's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway but has since been replaced by Travis Kvapil , as he was last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . "I gave it my best effort and they gave me my first full-time Sprint Cup ride, and I'll always be grateful for that," Truex told the newspaper during an appearance at an annual fan event put on by his brother, Martin Truex Jr .'s, foundation. "But we decided it was time to part ways and move toward the future." In his 23 starts , Truex had an average finish of 35.6. His best result was a 20th-place finish in August at Pocono Raceway . "It's been an up-and-down season for sure," Truex said. "It was my first full season in any of the top three series ever, so it's been a learning curve for me. Being a rookie and being out there and getting the experience was the biggest thing." What's next for Truex ? He does have a developmental deal that he inked with Richard Petty Motorsports last year. The two-car organization has an opening in its Sprint Cup garage following the announcement earlier this month that Marcos Ambrose was leaving the team. "That's a long deal, it's a multi-year deal," Truex said. "Hopefully we can do something with it. There's a lot of things going on. I think I have a solid future with them." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Despite just missing out on a return trip to Victory Lane in 2012, Martin Truex Jr . says he likes the progress his team made during the season.
Martin Truex Jr . celebrates his first NSCS victory since 2007 and captures MWR's second at Sonoma.
Truex Jr . will lead the second Daytona Duel, start second in Daytona 500
Catch up quickly before Sunday's season finale (3 p.m. ET, ESPN) RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota What: 16th annual Ford EcoBoost 400 Where: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida When: Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 TV/Radio: ESPN, Motor Racing Network Time: 3 p.m. ET Distance: 267 laps (400.5 miles) Pit road speed: 45 mph Caution car speed: 55 mph On the front row " Full lineup Jeff Gordon , Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet (180.747 mph) Kurt Busch , Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Chevrolet (180.632 mph) Failed To Qualify None. Fastest in practice First practice: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske No. 2 Ford (179.004 mph) " Full practice times Second practice: Kevin Harvick , Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet (175.069 mph) " Full practice times Final practice: Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet (175.200 mph) " Full practice times Where they'll start Starting position for the four Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders: Kevin Harvick: 5th Denny Hamlin: 8th Joey Logano: 9th Ryan Newman: 21st They said it I "I didn't know Cinderella was a race car driver." -- Ryan Newman on his status as an underdog. They said it II "We have struggled a little bit with speed, but we've faced elimination each and every round and we've overcome it every single round. We face elimination once again on Sunday, and now we have to overcome it." -- Denny Hamlin They said it III "You know your guys have had their backs put against the wall and done a great job under pressure, so you just want to just keep doing the things that you've been doing and knowing that if you do those things right, your car is going to run fast enough to win the race, which is what you need to do. That's really what it comes down to." -- Kevin Harvick They Said It IV "I told the guys that no matter what happens (Sunday), that we deserve to be here and have shown that all year and they have done a great job. Now we go race our guts out and have some fun." -- Joey Logano They said it V "I got into Ty Dillon here a couple of years ago and he was going for a Truck championship and I felt horrible after that. I don't want to go through that again." -- Sprint Cup Series rookie Kyle Larson on racing around the four Chase finalists. They said it VI "It hit me hard when I crossed the line at Phoenix. I think I was just really in disbelief for a good 24 hours that we did everything so right and didn't make it. That disappointment was definitely there throughout the week. … I think even if we win this race on Sunday, that's only going to make it hurt a little bit more in some ways because we could have won the championship if we were here." -- Jeff Gordon Defending Ford EcoBoost 400 Champion Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota Driver rating Best driver rating average at Homestead-Miami Speedway based on past nine years: 1. Carl Edwards , Roush Fenway Racing No. 99 Ford (115.5) 2. Martin Truex Jr ., Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Chevrolet (110.0) 3. Matt Kenseth , Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota (109.8) Streak at an end? Tony Stewart's streak of 15 years with at least one NASCAR premier series win is in jeopardy as the three-time champion is winless in 2014 entering Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 . But Stewart’s not the only driver with a win streak on the line. Ryan Newman has won at least one race for the past four years; Matt Kenseth has gone three seasons with one or more victories and Greg Biffle is riding a two-year run of winning at least one race. Former Homestead-Miami Speedway winners in field Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart (3); Denny Hamlin , Carl Edwards (2); Jeff Gordon , Kurt Busch , Matt Kenseth MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Martin Truex Jr . has a tire rub that ends with him in the wall at Bristol Motor Speedway.
TNT goes All Access with Martin Truex Jr . from Daytona to New Hampshire.