Martin Truex Jr. was the victor at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race Saturday night, but his longtime girlfriend was noticeably absent from the winner's circle.
Sherry Pollex did watch her beau win at Kentucky Speedway, but she was in the hospital recovering from surgery to eliminate a return of ovarian cancer.
Pollex, 38, was originally diagnosed with the disease in 2014. After 17 months of treatment, she was declared cancer-free at the beginning of 2016.
However, she had to undergo a major surgery after the cancer resurfaced. The procedure seemed to go well and Pollex tweeted out her congratulations to Truex from her hospital room.
As for Truex, he said he had someone immediately call her after his big win.
“As soon as I got out of the car, I had one of my guys call her,” Truex said, via NBC Sports. “She was pretty excited.”