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Chuck Buchanan Jr.

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Chuck Buchanan Jr.
NationalityUnited States American
BornCharles Buchanan Jr.
(1961-08-12) August 12, 1961 (age 60)
Hildebran, North Carolina
ARCA Menards Series East career
Debut season2011
Current teamCharles Buchanan Racing
Car no.87
EngineChevrolet, Ford
Crew chiefCraig Wood
Starts27
Wins0
Poles0
Best finish18th in 2019
Finished last season18th (2019)
Previous series
2014–2017NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Last updated on: January 20, 2020.

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Charles "Chuck" Buchanan Jr. (born August 12, 1961) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the ARCA Menards Series and the ARCA Menards Series East, driving the No. 87 Chevrolet for his own team in both series. He also has entered races in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series in the past.

Racing career[edit]

K&N / ARCA Menards Series East[edit]

For the past decade, Buchanan Jr. has driven part-time in the K&N Pro Series East, fielding his own team in a few races each year, usually the tracks in the states of Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, which are closest to his hometown of Hildebran, North Carolina. His series debut came in 2011 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway (in South Carolina). The only other attempt he made that year was a DNQ at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

2012 saw Buchanan Jr. attempting four races and qualifying for three of them. He did not make the race at New Hampshire for the second straight year. In the three where he was in the field, he finished 34th at Richmond Raceway, 30th at Rockingham Speedway, and got a 20th at CNB Bank Raceway Park in Pennsylvania in the East Series' first race there since the 1980's.

Buchanan Jr. returned in 2013, again making four attempts, but he only ended up qualifying for one race that season at the road course of Virginia International Raceway. His three DNQ's came at Bristol, Richmond, and Langley Speedway. However, in 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Buchanan qualified for all of his attempts, which were the exact four races he attempted in 2013 as well as Columbus Motor Speedway in Ohio. In those five races, Buchanan Jr's best finish came at Langley where he finished the race in 19th.

He had even more solid year in 2015, running at the finish of the race in all but one of his starts. He made a total of four starts that year, which again were at the same tracks he ran in 2013 (Bristol, Langley, VIR, and Richmond). He earned what was his best finish of his career at that point, a 13th, at the VIR road course. He had tried to make a fifth start at the season-opener at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida, but he withdrew.

Buchanan Jr. did not end up racing in the series in 2016, but he did withdraw from the race at Dominion Raceway.

Making four starts in 2017, Buchanan Jr. only was running at the finish of one of them, which was Memphis. He DNF'ed at Langley and both races of the new South Boston doubleheader. He was also set to attempt Bristol (again) and Berlin Raceway (in Michigan), but he withdrew from both of those events.

In 2018, Buchanan Jr. switched to using the No. 87 (the number he had used with his Truck Series team) due to Hailie Deegan and Bill McAnally Racing using the No. 19. He made his first start at New Smyrna, [1][2] his first race at that track excluding his 2015 withdrawal. He later entered Bristol, the doubleheader at South Boston, and Gateway (in Illinois but near St. Louis). Buchanan Jr. earned his first top-10 in the East Series with a ninth place finish at the first of the two South Boston races.[3]

Buchanan Jr. had a bit of an unlucky season in 2019, as he only finished one of his five races that year (at the April race at Bristol) and did not finish at New Smyrna, the first of the two South Boston races, and the August race at Bristol. He did not start at the second South Boston race.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series[edit]

In 2014, he attempted to qualify for the Truck Series race at Martinsville in October, but failed to make the field after being the slowest truck in qualifying and having no owner points being a new team.

He returned to the Truck Series in 2015 and attempted both races at Martinsville, but he again did not qualify for them. Buchanan Jr. was on the entry list for the Bristol night race, but withdrew.

He had been entered for Martinsville again in 2016, but withdrew, likely due to the large entry list and the fact that they were unlikely to make the race.[4]

Buchanan Jr, having unsuccessfully attempted to qualify for three races in the Truck Series plus withdrawing from two others, partnered with Jennifer Jo Cobb to drive her team's No. 10 at the Martinsville race in 2017.[5] A full season team, the No. 10 truck had owner points, so Buchanan Jr. would have a better chance of qualifying, which is presumably why he ended up doing this instead of fielding his own No. 87 team again. Buchanan used his own Ford truck that weekend instead of one of Cobb's Chevrolets. This did not seem to work, as he never made a qualifying run and missed the race. He has not attempted to make another Truck race since then.

ARCA Menards Series[edit]

In 2020, Buchanan participated in the ARCA Menards Series testing at Daytona in January of that year[6] and then proceeded to file an entry for the race there in February.[7] This will be his debut in the series.

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts Ref
2014 Charles Buchanan Racing 87 Ford DAY MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW KEN IOW ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR
DNQ
TEX PHO HOM N/A - [8]
2015 DAY ATL MAR
DNQ
KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR
DNQ
TEX PHO HOM N/A - [9]
2017 Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing 10 DAY ATL MAR
DNQ
KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM N/A - [10]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Menards Series East[edit]

ARCA Menards Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 AMSEC Pts Ref
2011 Charles Buchanan Racing 19 Chevy GRE SBO RCH IOW BGS GRE LGY NHA COL GRE
27
NHA
DNQ
DOV 54th 134 [11]
2012 BRI GRE RCH
34
IOW BGS GRE LGY CNB
20
COL IOW NHA
DNQ
DOV GRE CAR
30
46th 48 [12]
2013 BRI
DNQ
GRE PEN RCH
DNQ
BGS IOW LGY
DNQ
COL IOW VIR
24
GRE NHA DOV RAL 41st 60 [13]
2014 NSM DAY BRI
35
GRE RCH
37
IOW BGS FFL LGY
19
NHA COL
20
IOW GLN VIR
24
GRE DOV 31st 85 [14]
2015 NSM
Wth
GRE BRI
23
IOW BGS LGY
23
COL NHA IOW GLN MOT VIR
13
RCH
30
DOV 31st 87 [15]
2016 Ford NSM MOB GRE BRI VIR DOM
Wth
STA COL NHA IOW GLN GRE NJM DOV 59th 0 [16]
2017 Chevy NSM GRE BRI
Wth
MEM
15
BLN
Wth
TMP NHA IOW GLN LGY
14
NJM DOV 20th 112 [17]
Ford SBO
18
SBO
17
2018 87 NSM
21
GTW
21
NHA DOV 21st 129 [18]
Chevy BRI
28
LGY SBO
9
SBO
12
MEM NJM THO NHA IOW GLN
2019 Ford NSM
19
BRI
11
GTW NHA DOV 18th 139 [19]
Chevy BRI
15
SBO
16
SBO
DNS
MEM NHA IOW GLN

ARCA Menards Series[edit]

ARCA Menards Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 AMSC Pts
2020 Charles Buchanan Racing 87 Chevy DAY PHO SLM TAL CLT MOH MCH CHI POC IRP ELK IOW GTW MAD GLN ISF DSF BRI MEM KAN

References[edit]

  1. Southers, Tim (February 9, 2018). "NASCAR K&N Pro Series East prepares to take green flag on 2018 season". Motorsport.com. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  2. Weaver, Matt (February 11, 2018). "NASCAR Next, indeed: 2018 K&N Pro Series East preview". Autoweek. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  3. Modestino, Lou (May 13, 2018). "South Boston produces pair of first-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East winners". The Patriot Ledger. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  4. Beard, Brock (October 30, 2016). "TRUCKS: Truck debut of Josh White, NASCAR's first U.S. Marine driver, ends with bizarre accident". LASTCAR. Blogger. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  5. Beard, Brock (April 2, 2017). "TRUCKS: Bryce Napier's oil leak begins rough weekend for #1 in NASCAR". LASTCAR. Blogger. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  6. "Daytona Test Entry List". ARCARacing.com. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  7. "ARCA Daytona 200 Entry List". ARCARacing.com. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  8. "Driver Chuck Buchanan, Jr. 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  9. "Driver Chuck Buchanan, Jr. 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  10. "Driver Chuck Buchanan, Jr. 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  11. "Driver Chuck Buchanan, Jr. 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  12. "Driver Chuck Buchanan, Jr. 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  13. "Driver Chuck Buchanan, Jr. 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  14. "Driver Chuck Buchanan, Jr. 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  15. "Driver Chuck Buchanan, Jr. 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  16. "Driver Chuck Buchanan, Jr. 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  17. "Driver Chuck Buchanan, Jr. 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  18. "Driver Chuck Buchanan, Jr. 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  19. "Driver Chuck Buchanan, Jr. 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 20, 2020.

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