LAS VEGAS (AP) — The career year for Martin Truex Jr. rolls on.
Truex and accomplice Sherry Pollex on Wednesday won the celebrated Myers Brothers Accolade — the top account in NASCAR’s season-ending awards anniversary — for their accommodating work. The accolade is presented by the Civic Motorsports Press Association and accustomed as the final account during a academic accident that leads to Thursday night’s best celebration. Truex will be feted there for his aboriginal career Cup title, a presentation he is able for.
But acceptable the Myers Brothers Accolade was a shock to both Truex and Pollex, and both struggled to authority aback tears as they accustomed the honor.
“I didn’t see this coming,” Truex said.
“I didn’t either, and I’m activity to try not to cry,” replied Pollex.
The accolade is called for NASCAR antecedents Billy and Bobby Myers and recognizes individuals and/or groups who accept provided outstanding contributions to the action of banal car racing. It has been presented annually aback 1958.
The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation has aloft funds for acquaintance on adolescence and boyish cancer, alike afore Pollex was aboriginal diagnosed with ovarian blight a little over three years ago. Pollex suffered a ceremony this year as Truex was putting calm his championship season. The brace hosted their eighth anniversary Catwalk for a Cause, a accommodating appearance show/benefit, this division and aloft added than $500,000.
Truex didn’t altercate his series-best eight victories this season, or the championship that came in his 12th division at NASCAR’s top level. Instead, he affected on how admiring he and Pollex accept been to abetment those in need.
“I anticipate Sherry and I accept been actual advantageous in our lives to accept all the things we’ve needed,” Truex said. “Great families, abundant parents that aloft us appropriate and accomplished us appropriate from wrong. They apparently deserve a lot of the acclaim for us actuality who we are and actuality able to accord aback to people.”
Pollex’s “Drive for Teal & Gold” advance in September additionally aloft funds and acquaintance for ovarian and adolescence cancers.
“I’m so appreciative of her and her action and her action and what she’s been able to cull through and get through, and at the aforementioned time, still accommodating to advice others and accord her time,” said Truex. “We’re humbled, we’re actual advantageous to be actuality and we are actual appreciative of this.”
Truex was called on 82 percent of the ballots casting for this year’s award. Others accepting votes were aggregation buyer Jack Roush and seven-time Cup Alternation best Jimmie Johnson.
CREW CHIEF OF THE YEAR
Truex’s aggregation chief, Cole Pearn, won the accolade afterwards allegorical Furniture Row Antagonism to its aboriginal title. The Canadian recalled antecedent abhorrence to move to Denver to assignment for a single-car NASCAR operation, and the aboriginal struggles the aggregation faced. He accustomed aggregation buyer Barney Visser, who has been clumsy to adore any of the championship celebrations as he recuperates in Colorado from a affection advance and anaplasty two weeks afore the division ended.
“They came up with the antic abstraction of starting a NASCAR aggregation in Colorado, and I went out there on a complete whim eight years ago, and I can’t accept we are champions,” Pearn said. “At one point it seemed like a top 10 was not alike a pipedream.”
Erik Jones was called amateur of the year in the Cup Series, and he became the aboriginal disciplinarian in NASCAR history to acquire top amateur ceremoniousness in all three civic series.
“It was an absurd acquirements year,” said Jones, who spent the division as a new additional car with Furniture Row Racing. Jones was a development disciplinarian for Joe Gibbs Racing, and that aggregation is affairs him central its affected abutting year as a backup for Matt Kenseth. Jones’ No. 77 Toyota is activity away, and NASCAR best Martin Truex Jr. will be a one-car aggregation afresh abutting season. Jones had 14 top-10 finishes and was 19th in the final standings.
BUDDY SHUMAN AWARD
The accolade for contributions to NASCAR went to Bruton Smith, buyer of Speedway Motorsports Inc. The accolade ceremoniousness those who accept played basic roles in the advance of able banal car racing. Smith’s contributions to NASCAR, through the chase advance he owns and the risks he took in announcement the series, were cited. But so was his charge to Speedway Children’s Charities, an alignment that provides allotment for nonprofits.
“I anticipate adopting $500 actor for children’s charities is a big one,” Smith said back asked about his accomplishments.
XFINITY SERIES: MOST POPULAR
Elliott Sadler was called best accepted in NASCAR’s second-tier Xfinity Alternation for the additional beeline year. Sadler was additionally the top vote-getter in 2011 and 2016 and becomes alone the third disciplinarian to win the accolade three times. The others were Brad Keselowski and Kenny Wallace. Sadler continues a six-year run for JR Motorsports drivers acceptable the award. He follows Chase Elliott, Regan Smith, Danica Patrick and Keselowski.
TRUCK SERIES: MOST POPULAR
Chase Briscoe was called best accepted disciplinarian in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series. Briscoe won his aboriginal civic alternation chase in the division afterpiece at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He accomplished sixth in the alternation standings and was additionally the series’ top rookie. Briscoe was featured alongside Brad Keselowski Antagonism assistant Austin Cindric in an aweless amusing media advance to boom up acclamation support. He becomes the third BKR disciplinarian to win the accolade in the aftermost four years, afterward Tyler Reddick (2016) and Ryan Blaney (2014).
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