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NASCAR’s Martin Truex Jr. is named New Jersey Sportsperson of the Year

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Martin Truex Jr. attends the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series awards at Wynn Las Vegas on November 30, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

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2017 NASCAR Cup champion Martin Truex Jr. on Tuesday was named New Jersey Sportsperson of the Year by

A native of Mayetta, N.J., the 37-year-old Truex earned his first career Cup championship in dominating style, then beat out several other challengers for his homestate honor, including New Jersey high school track star Sydney McLaughlin (from Dunellen, N.J.) and New York Yankees third basemanTodd Frazier (from Toms River).

According to a news release announcing Truex’s honor, stated, “Few have accomplished more or represented our state better than Truex. 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.”