Mary Jo Buchanan

Mary Jo has lived and breathed racing since her days at local dirt tracks. From her vantage in the pits, she has developed an interest and expertise in all levels of racing, from go karts to the Cup Series. Many of her articles focus on the "behind the scenes" racing world, as well as up and coming drivers. Mary Jo enjoys writing about the people that make NASCAR and racing work on a day-to-day basis. She recently won an NMPA award for spot news writing. Mary Jo can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
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Surprising and Not Surprising: Coke 600

With every driver well-versed on the name of the soldier memorialized on each car, here is what was surprising and not surprising from the 56th annual Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Surprising: While More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Sunday, May 10th, 2015
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Surprising and Not Surprising: SpongeBob SquarePants 400

With the hopes of attracting a younger crowd to the sport with appearances by Squidward Tentacles, Larry the Lobster, and Patrick Star, here is what else was surprising and not surprising from the 5th annual SpongeBob More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Thursday, May 7th, 2015
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Chris Buescher’s Mom Proud and Blessed

With Mother’s Day weekend right around the corner, Chris Buescher’s mother Donna reflected on the exciting year that her son has had so far, running so well that he is in contention for the NASCAR XFINITY Series More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
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NASCAR BTS: Checkered Flag for NASCAR Wellness

In spite of the stereotype of many sports fans, including race fans, as having room to improve as far as wellness, fitness and healthy eating, NASCAR as a sanctioning body has taken that effort to heart and has More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Monday, May 4th, 2015
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Surprising and Not Surprising: Talladega Geico 500

Under the guise of unusually good weather, as well as a new qualifying format, here is what was surprising and not surprising in the 46th annual Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Surprising: Talladega was surprisingly More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Sunday, April 26th, 2015
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Surprising and Not Surprising: Richmond Toyota Owners 400

After the rainy Saturday night race turned into a Sunday day race and with remembrances of Steve Byrnes abounding, here is what was surprising and not surprising in the 61st annual Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
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ByrnesStrong Poll Votes Rick Hendrick and Alan Kulwicki In For Next HOF Spot

The ByrnesStrong Poll, formerly known as The Century Poll but renamed in honor of Steve Byrnes who just lost his battle to cancer, focused this month on who of the twenty NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees would be voted More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
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Logano Leads Team Dover to Victory Over Earnhardt Jr. and Team Pocono

In spite of buying his glove the night before the game, Joey Logano led his Monster Mile softball team to a 12 to 6 victory over the Pocono Raceway team led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., with an assist from Darrell Wallace More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
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Surprising and Not Surprising: Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes

With all of NASCAR nation standing up for Steve Byrnes and others battling cancer, here is what was surprising and not surprising in the 55th annual Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Surprising: With the More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Friday, April 17th, 2015
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NASCAR BTS: Petty Motorsports Spring Cleaning Project

With this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway, the daffodils are blooming and Richard Petty Motorsports has begun their spring cleaning project. This week’s edition of NASCAR Behind the Scenes focuses on More...

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