The NASCAR world mourned the loss of Sherry Pollex on Sunday, as the philanthropist and former girlfriend of Martin Truex Jr. lost her battle with cancer after several years.
While the racing world expressed its condolences on social media, former racing star Danica Patrick caused a stir with her terse statement in response to Truex's statement about Pollex's death. Truex and Pollex dated from 2005 to 2023 and she ran the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation to help children with childhood cancer. The two separated in January but remained close friends.
Patrick didn't seem to appreciate Truex's statement.
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“I avoid negativity on social media at almost all costs,” she wrote. “Almost… But that is the most insensitive, incoherent statement from a man that I have never liked. And obviously for good reason.”
“I don’t care what happened between them, but this is as cold as it gets. A PR representative definitely wrote this. You’re free of this now, Sherry.”
Patrick didn't specifically mention what she was talking about between Truex and Pollex. Truex's statement seemed to be just as touching as anyone else's.
“From the minute she was diagnosed, Sherry was determined to not only fight ovarian cancer with everything she had, but also to make a difference in the lives of others battling this terrible disease,” Truex said in a statement.
“Sherry’s passion for making a difference in the lives of others inspired everyone. Through her tireless charitable work over so many years, her legacy will live on well beyond our lifetimes and continue to help countless families battling ovarian and pediatric cancer.”
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“I would like to extend my deepest condolences to her entire family, who have shown incredible strength and resilience throughout her fight.”
Patrick was criticized on social media.
“Danica Patrick's post on her Instagram story is classless and disgusting. I'm glad she's out of NASCAR and hope she never comes back,” one said Fan wrote on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
“Your daily reminder that Danica Patrick is a vile, disgusting human being,” another added in the app.
“Danica Patrick is a bloody insufferable man, what a strange thing to stick your nose into and post about someone less than 24 hours after their ex died of cancer,” another Fan wrote.
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Patrick has not competed in the NASCAR Cup Series since the 2018 season, when she finished 35th at Daytona. She last competed full-time in 2017.