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 Friday, August 1st, 2014
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Darrell Wallace Jr. Transitions from Eldora Win to Tackling the Tricky Triangle

Darrell Wallace Jr., behind the wheel of the No. 54 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports, is ready to make the difficult transition from one of the sport’s highest highs, a coveted Truck win at More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Friday, August 1st, 2014
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Loss of Crew Chief a Matter of Perspective

While the penalty to Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota team, resulting in the suspension of crew chief Darian Grubb, continued to reverberate throughout the garage and media center at Pocono Raceway, there More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Monday, July 28th, 2014
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Surprising and Not Surprising: Brickyard 400

With the announcement by Roush Fenway Racing that Carl Edwards would not be returning in 2015 still reverberating throughout the garage, here is what else was surprising and not surprising in the 21st Annual Crown More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Monday, July 14th, 2014
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Surprising and Not Surprising: Camping World RV Sales 301

From the granite state where the ‘lobstah’ rules, here is what was surprising and not surprising in the 22nd Annual Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Surprising: Team Penske had an More...

Busch upside down
By Mary Jo Buchanan On Monday, July 7th, 2014
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Surprising and Not Surprising: Daytona Coke Zero 400

From a rain delay of a day to a rain-shortened race, here is what was surprising and not surprising from the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Surprising: In spite of the fits and starts of the race More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Sunday, June 29th, 2014
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Surprising and Not Surprising: Kentucky Quaker State 400

From the jaw-jarring bumps of the old pavement in which Kentucky Speedway takes such pride, here is what was surprising and not surprising from the 4th Annual Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts. Surprising: More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Monday, June 23rd, 2014
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Surprising and Not Surprising: Sonoma Toyota/Save Mart 350

With plenty of wine and whining on and off the track, here is what was surprising and not surprising in the 26th Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Surprising: The winner of the race, his first ever More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Sunday, June 15th, 2014
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Surprising and Not Surprising: Michigan Quicken Loans 400

While the luck of the Irish hills was bestowed on the driver who made his way to Victory Lane for the first time ever in Michigan, here is what was surprising and not so surprising in the 46th annual Quicken Loans More...

Crafton and Elladee
By Mary Jo Buchanan On Thursday, June 12th, 2014
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Matt Crafton: NASCAR Champ, Texas Race Winner and Elladee’s Dad

Matt Crafton may be a NASCAR Camping World Truck Champion and the most recent race winner in Texas this past weekend, but his most important role in life to date is that of being dad to daughter Elladee. “It’s More...

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By Mary Jo Buchanan On Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
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Staff Sergeant Randy Gray Speechless After RPM Race Experience

This past race weekend, thanks to Richard Petty Motorsports, driver Aric Almirola and team, sponsor Eckrich, Weis Markets, and Operation Homefront, wounded warrior Staff Sergeant Randy Gray was given a VIP NASCAR More...

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