Truex Jr. Honored in Las Vegas

Martin Truex Jr.

"This is a childhood dream for me. The 78 race team has carried the same motto through-out the season and that's 'never give up.'" (Photo: Getty Images)


Photos | Video: Truex Jr.'s Speech

Martin Truex Jr. was honored for winning the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship during Thursday night's annual awards banquet at the Wynn Las Vegas.

Truex, who became the 32nd driver to win the MENCS championship in the 69th season, was joined at the championship table with his long-time girlfriend Sherry Pollex. His storybook season came to a conclusion when his friend Dale Earnhardt Jr. introduced him to the stage.

"Tonight we celebrate our championship driver, but to me and many that know him he's a champion in so many other ways," Earnhardt Jr. said. "Like when his professional career turned challenging, his options limited he blamed no one. He kept his head high, he persevered because he's a champion person. While the love of his life battles the most evil of diseases and he stands with her to make her fight his fight, he's a champion partner..He's a champion in so many ways and no one more deserving of this night."

Truex Jr. led all drivers with eight wins this year en route to giving Furniture Row Racing its first championship.

"This is a childhood dream for me," Truex said. "The 78 race team has carried the same motto through-out the season and that's 'never give up.' No one has lived that out more than my life partner Sherry. As we all know she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2014. Today she is still fighting her disease with tenacity and a never give up attitude that inspires millions of people to do the same. She is the true champion.

"Barney Visser is the heart of this team. People thought he was crazy 12 years ago starting a NASCAR team in Denver. Barney who is crazy now?"

Crew chief Cole Pearn also earned his first MENCS championship.

"What can I say about Cole Pearn," Truex said. "He's a Furniture Row t-shirt wearing Canadian. He never sleeps and he's more competitive than anyone I have every met in my entire life. He's the best crew chief and team leader I have ever know."

Truex also made a toast to James “Jim” Watson, who passed away at the age of 55 after suffering a heart attack in October. Watson was a road-crew fabricator for Furniture Row Racing.

Truex closed his speech with: "Let's all never give up and have a wonderful holiday season."

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