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Just Days After Her Death, Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Heartbroken Sister Sends Cathartic 2-Word Message to Sherry Pollex

Published 09/24/2023, 8:56 AM EDT

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American author Richard Puz had poignantly written, “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,” something that has been closely experienced by the NASCAR fraternity after the death of Sherry Pollex. Martin Truex Jr.‘s former partner was a beloved philanthropist who recently succumbed to ovarian cancer.

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Even a week after her passing, the lives she enriched continue to mourn her incomparable loss. From Fox Analysts such as Bob Pockrass to Larry McReynolds to the legendary Richard Petty, support poured in for her family and friends. Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s sister and co-owner of JR Motorsports, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, joined many in sharing her heartfelt condolences.

Sharing 2 painful words, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s sister uncovered a priceless moment during grief


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The world of motorsport was a familiar cocoon for entrepreneur Sherry Pollex. Born in the family of a racing team, she spent 18 years of her life with the 2017 Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. She spent most of that time advocating for cancer awareness, even before her diagnosis in 2014. It was hardly surprising when NASCAR luminaries followed Truex Jr. in expressing their loss. But for Dale Jr. and his sister Kelley, Pollex was a treasured friend.

Upon receiving the sorrowful news, Dale Earnhardt Jr. highlighted her fighting spirit and the beacon of hope and inspiration she became for millions of people around the globe. Sharing NASCAR’s tribute to her, the Xfinity champion added, “She learned to live every day to its fullest. Amy [Earnhardt] and I were lucky to have known her and call her a friend”.


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In her bereavement, Kelley Earnhardt Miller simply shared journalist Jeff Gluck’s testimonial on Pollex’s admirable life. But now she expressed her grief in a more personalized manner. Dale Jr.’s sister uploaded a photograph with her long-time friend on her Instagram story. She encapsulated her boundless suffering in two words, enlaced with enormous anguish.

The smiling visages of two friends eternally parted were simply captioned, “Miss you [broken heart emoji]”. Pollex’s defeat in her battle with the disease would also have resurfaced Kelley’s wounds from four years ago. Intimately familiar with the cruel nature of the illness, the Earnhardt siblings endured their mother’s demise in 2019 due to cancer.

Unbeknownst to them, the year Sherry was diagnosed with cancer, Earnhardt Miller and Pollex were fundraising for the breast cancer treatment of Cup racer Shawna Robinson. While Robinson thankfully recovered, her staunchest supporter, Sherry Pollex could not survive the same disease. But their memories together far exceed the morbid corridors of untreatable maladies. The two confidantes have traversed innumerable chapters of life together. And Pollex’s frequent appearances in the Earnhardt family’s online ventures were enough indicators of their cherished bond.

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Kelley Earnhardt Miller saw Sherry Pollex’s fearless empathy at the peak of her prognosis

Kelley Earnhardt Miller collected valuable learnings from her family’s legacy, along with her own experiences of leading a race organization to publish a book in 2021. Titled ‘Drive: 9 Lessons to Win in Business and in Life, the book was immediately and earnestly championed by the founder of Sherrystrong. Sherry Pollex commended this persuasive author in a glowing review.


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Furthermore, both of them contributed to a Motor Racing Outreach effort to compile a lockdown cookbook called ‘Quarantine Go To’s’. Pollex was also invited to Kelley Earnhardt Miller’s ‘Fast Lane Family’ podcast a few years ago. Her selfless compassion could not be more evident than her inclusion of the scale of the country’s suffering when questioned about her own prognosis.

The brave heart responded with, “You know I think a lot of it is mental, is your mindset. You just have to wake up every day and make the best of it. I mean cancer sucks for everybody. It’s not fun. But there’s millions of Americans that are living with it. And I’m not different than them.”


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Those millions of people within and outside her country can only lament the void left behind by Sherry Pollex.

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Parika Singh


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Parika Singh is a NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. Her combined love for writing and motorsports drew her to the world of sports journalism, where she fell in love with the thrill, unpredictability, and charisma of covering racers and race tracks. She especially looks out for the #5 Chevrolet of Kyle 'Wheelman' Larson, because of whom, she holds a soft spot for the 2021 season where he emerged as champion.
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Anuj Jacob