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.

Hornish Natures Blast
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...

Johnson Duck Commander
By Mary Jo Buchanan On Sunday, April 12th, 2015
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Surprising and Not Surprising: Duck Commander 500

For the first night race under the vast Texas lights, here is what was surprising and not surprising from the 19th annual Duck Commander 500. Surprising: This race featured a surprising number of penalties for More...

Girl Talk
By Mary Jo Buchanan On Thursday, April 9th, 2015
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NASCAR BTS: Kyle Busch and Girl Talk Foundations Partner for Prom

Leave it to Samantha Busch to bring together the NASCAR world through the Kyle Busch Foundation with fashion and prom dresses benefitting the girls who participate in the Girl Talk Foundation. And it all began with More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Sunday, March 29th, 2015
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Surprising and Not Surprising: Martinsville STP 500

From the first short track of the season with the grandfather clock as the trophy, here is what was surprising and not surprising from Martinsville Speedway’s STP 500. Surprising: Denny Hamlin embarked on his More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
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Surprising and Not Surprising: Auto Club 400

For the finale of NASCAR’s west coast swing, here is what was surprising and not surprising from Fontana’s 19th annual Auto Club 400. Surprising: Never have debris cautions and uncontrolled tires combined to More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Sunday, March 15th, 2015
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Surprising and Not Surprising: Phoenix CampingWorld.com 500

With the exit of the ‘Outlaw’ and the return of Kurt Busch, here else is what was surprising and not surprising from the 11th annual CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Surprising: Driver More...

Kyle Petty Charity Ride
By Mary Jo Buchanan On Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
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NASCAR BTS: Petty Charity Ride Turns 21

With the Charity Ride Across America celebrating its 21st anniversary, this week’s edition of NASCAR Behind the Scenes focuses on Kyle Petty, who founded the unique motorcycle event that raises money for a charity More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Sunday, March 8th, 2015
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Surprising and Not Surprising: Vegas Kobalt 400

For the first race of NASCAR’s self-proclaimed ‘West Coast Swing’, here is what was surprising and not surprising from the 18th annual Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Surprising: In just the third More...

Photo Credit: Noel Lanier
By Mary Jo Buchanan On Sunday, March 1st, 2015
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Surprising and Not Surprising: Atlanta Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500

With several of the sport’s biggest names starting from the back of the field, from missing qualifying sessions to missing driver introductions, here is what else was surprising and not surprising from the 56th More...

jimmie johnson smile
By Mary Jo Buchanan On Thursday, February 26th, 2015
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Inaugural Century Poll Picks Jimmie Johnson as 2015 NASCAR Champion

There is a new poll making its way through the NASCAR garage and media center. The Century Poll, instituted by Mike Siberini, asks a question a month of the NASCAR community to get a pulse of what is really happening More...

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