Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano are forever linked from the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship battle that saw Logano edge out Truex for the title at Miami as well as give Truex the ol’ bump-and-run at Martinsville to lock into the Championship 4.
At Wednesday night’s Catwalk for a Cause, an event co-founded by Truex and longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver gifted Logano the NASCAR champion’s journal — a tradition that up until November of 2017 had been largely unknown.
In a 2017 Instagram post during Champion’s Week, Jimmie Johnson revealed the tradition that he started at the suggestion of NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton. Johnson gave it to Truex after the New Jersey native won the 2017 championship. The thought being the outbound champion writes a letter to the newest champion and hands it off at Champion’s Week.
Since that first entry in 2011, the journal has been held by Tony Stewart, Brad Keselowski, Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Johnson again, Truex and now Logano.
While there may have been a bit of a delay, the journal is now in the Team Penske driver’s hands — given to him at an event that brings the NASCAR community together for a special night for a special cause.
This year’s Catwalk for a Cause is the 10th anniversary of the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation’s signature event. Funds raised will support cancer initiatives at Atrium Health and Novant Health in Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as driving awareness, boosting advocacy, and generating financial support for underfunded cancer research initiatives specific to ovarian and childhood cancers.