The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, which raises awareness and funds toward ending ovarian and childhood cancer, will receive a special recognition in September when the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, presented by Smithfield, is lit in the color teal to recognize the organization’s charitable efforts.

The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation was founded in 2007 as a way to advocate for children affected by cancer. After Sherry Pollex, Truex’s longtime girlfriend, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2014, the foundation’s mission expanded to include ovarian cancer awareness. The 46-foot tall Monster Monument will be bathed in teal lights during the evening hours in September as part of the Monster Mile’s new initiative for charities and non-profit organizations to promote their causes using one of the mid-Atlantic’s most recognizable landmarks.

In addition to teal in September, the Monster Monument in 2018 has been illuminated in green to celebrate the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl win, and also blue for the month of April for autism awareness.

Organizations can make requests to light the Monster Monument in several ways, including using the hashtag #LightUpMiles on social media and sending recommendations to There is no application process, but the Speedway will keep a list of appropriate requests and use those suggestions whenever appropriate.

If an organization is selected, in addition to lighting up the Monster Monument, it can receive tickets to upcoming NASCAR tripleheader weekends, an ad in the Dover souvenir program, table space along the vendor midway on NASCAR weekends and an auction/donation item for a charitable event

Martin Truex Jr., the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, is a two-time Dover winner with 14 top-10 finishes in 25 Cup Series starts at the Monster Mile. He will be one of the top contenders when NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway for another tripleheader weekend Oct. 5-7. The Oct. 5-7 NASCAR tripleheader weekend includes the “Crosley 125” NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Oct. 5, the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff race on Oct. 6 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Oct. 7.

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