WASHINGTON, D.C. - Stafford's own Martin Truex Jr., the 2017 NASCAR champion was honored on Monday at the White House by President Trump.  The President welcomed Martin, his girlfriend Sherry and the entire Furniture Row Racing Team and congratulated them on a great season.  

The President began by saying:

"The entire NASCAR field spent 2017 chasing number 78 (Truex's car number).  I’ll tell you, they chased him," said the President. "I’d be watching, they’re always chasing you.  Martin you won eight races, including four wins in the NASCAR Playoffs.  Throughout the season, you earned 19 top 5 finishes and led more than 2,000 laps."

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The President took time to recognize Sherry Pollex saying,

"She is the love of Martin’s life.  As many of you know, Sherry has bravely battled ovarian cancer.  She is an incredible woman.  And, Sherry, your determination in the face of adversity has been an inspiration to millions of Americans who know what you’re going through.

You have endured extremely tough treatments with grace, and grit, and a tremendous and beautiful smile.  You are Sherry strong.  We’re praying for you, and we are deeply honored to have you here today.  And Martin, I can tell you, is so proud of you.  Thank you very much, Sherry."

The President also mentioned that NASCAR people always stand for the playing of the National Anthem.

Martin Truex Jr. approached the podium and said:

"What an honor to be here today.  Thank you, Mr. President, for having us, for having our whole entire team to represent the sport of NASCAR.  My good buddy, Johnny Morris, from Bass Pro Shops, that has been a big part of my career to get me here.

But just really proud to be here today to represent the sport, to represent our millions of fans out there across the world.  And I brought you a special gift I’d like to present right now.  So this is a replica of the exact helmet I wore, which is a very special helmet to me, with a special paint job, with some special moments from our team, Sherry and I together, and some of the great accomplishments we had together."

NJ Assemblywoman Dianne Gove from the Ninth Legislative District was in attendance.  Ms. Gove is a retired teacher from Southern Regional High School.  She also taught Martin at Southern.

"It was a privilege to attend the White House ceremony on the South Lawn honoring my former Southern Regional High School student, the great Martin Truex Jr, who was honored as the defending NASCAR Champion."