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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
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