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Martin Truex Jr. will be racing with a heavy heart in today's Sprint Cup Series Race at Phoenix International Raceway.  He will race in memory of 10-year-old Elijah Aschbrenner, who died Wednesday of a rare form of cancer. A photograph of Elijah and his name will be displayed on Truex's race car. 

Elijah was someone special to both Truex and his girlfriend Sherry Pollex. The youngster from Huntersville, N.C. took part in the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Catwalk for a Cause in May, a fundraiser for pediatric and ovarian cancer research. Elijah was also a guest of Martin and Sherry during the spring race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. He flew on Truex's airplane to Talladega and watched the race from the pit box. 

"Our brave Catwalk hero has gone home to be with the Lord," said Martin and Sherry in a Facebook post. "Our lives will forever be changed because of him. We will never stop fighting for this horrible disease. He was the strongest little boy we've ever had the privilege of knowing. Now we focus on lifting his family in prayer. We shall meet again one day my sweet friend."