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 Sunday, November 16th, 2014
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Kevin Harvick Doubles Down as Race Winner and NASCAR Champ

It’s not often that a driver can double down in NASCAR but Kevin Harvick did just that, winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 as well as the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. This was Harvick’s 28th victory in 502 Cup More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Sunday, November 16th, 2014
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Goodyear Has a Good Year; Already Preparing for New Year

While Goodyear is celebrating the end of the season in Homestead, pronouncing it a ‘good year’, they are already manufacturing tires for the New Year and preparing for new season testing. “I’m pleased that More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Saturday, November 15th, 2014
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Kenseth Wins Nationwide Finale; Elliott and Penske Celebrate Championships

In a thrilling green-white-checkered finish, Matt Kenseth, behind the wheel of the No. 20 GameStop/Rock Candy Toyota, held both Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson at bay to win the 20th annual Ford EcoBoost 300. This was More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Saturday, November 15th, 2014
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Alex Bowman: A Season of Firsts and Lasts

For Alex Bowman, driver of the No. 23 DipYourCar.com Toyota for BK Racing, this season has been one of firsts and lasts. One of those firsts, in the last race of the season, is that he is competing at Homestead-Miami More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Friday, November 14th, 2014
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Darrell Wallace Jr. Wins Truck Race; Matt Crafton Wins Back to Back Championship

In a blur of burnouts, Darrell Wallace Jr. won the EcoBoost 200, Matt Crafton won the Truck Series championship, and Kyle Busch Motorsports won the owner’s championship. Ben Kennedy also secured Rookie of the More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Friday, November 14th, 2014
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Jeff Gordon Scores 200th Hendrick Pole; Announces Spoiler Intention

Jeff Gordon, who fell out of championship contention last week, scored his first ever pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the 200th pole for Hendrick Motorsports. And with that he also announced that he fully intends More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Friday, November 14th, 2014
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Kyle Larson Shares Rookie Lessons Learned

Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet and the likely Rookie of the Year, took a moment to reflect on rookie lessons learned as he met with the media at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of the last More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Friday, November 14th, 2014
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Brian France Talks Chase, Domestic Violence, Fights and Championship Finale

In a wide-ranging State of the Sport press conference, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France discussed everything from the new Chase format, the sanctioning body’s domestic violence policies, fights in the sport, More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Monday, November 10th, 2014
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Surprising and Not Surprising: Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500

In the final race of the Eliminator Chase round, here is what was surprising and not surprising in the 27th annual Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Surprising: Not only did Kevin More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Monday, November 3rd, 2014
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Surprising and Not Surprising: Texas AAA 500

After remembering the passing of racer Jim Sauter with a moment of silence, here is what was surprising and not surprising from the 10th annual AAA Texas 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway. Surprising: Brad Keselowski More...

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