Martin Truex Jr. recently won his first career Cup Series championship, and the 37-year-old was honored in his home state of New Jersey.
Truex was named “New Jersey Sportsperson of the Year” by NJ.com after he captured the championship in November at Homestead.
Truex edged out New York Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier and track star Sydney McLaughlin for the honor. NJ.com’s Steve Politi wrote that Truex triumphed both on and off the track.
“Few have accomplished more or represented our state better than Truex,” Politi wrote. “What he did inside his No. 78 Toyota was more than enough, winning a career-best eight races and claiming the title with a memorable performance in the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“This was a popular victory. Truex had not only struggled on the race track, but he watched as his longtime girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, bravely battled ovarian cancer while raising money and awareness for the disease.”
Truex won eight races en route to his first championship, and he dominated the 2017 season in NASCAR.