The White House honored Martin Truex Jr. on Monday to celebrate a presidential toast to his 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.
Truex was joined by longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex, members of his Furniture Row Racing team and NASCAR senior executives on the South Lawn. The Monster Energy Series champion’s trophy and a display version of Truex’s No. 78 Toyota were stationed alongside.
“Martin, I have to say your car looks truly amazing,” President Donald Trump said. “In fact, I want to get in that thing and just drive it right away. Do you mind?”
Trump then recounted details of the championship march for Truex and the No. 78 team, including its eight wins, its 2,000-plus laps led and its often personal fight through adversity. That included mention of Pollex and her campaign to raise awareness and funds in her personal battle against ovarian cancer.
“I want to take a moment to recognize the amazing Sherry Pollex,” Trump said. “She is the love of Martin’s life. Sherry — beautiful. Your determination in the face of adversity has been an inspiration to millions of Americans.”
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Truex presented Trump with a replica racing helmet with illustrations depicting some of the team’s special moments.
“What an honor to be here today,” Truex said in his brief remarks. “Thank you, Mr. President for having us, for having our whole entire team to represent the sport of NASCAR. My good buddy, (founder) Johnny Morris from Bass Pro Shops, that has been a big part of my career to get me here. Just really proud to be here today to represent the sport, to represent our millions of fans out there across the world.”
Trump then invited team members up for a group photo. The ceremony ended with the White House band playing a rendition of “Rocky Mountain High,” a nod to Furniture Row Racing’s home in Denver, Colorado.