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Larry Woody is a native of Nashville, Tenn. He was the motor sports beat writer at the Nashville Tennessean from the early 1970s until 2008. He continues to live in Nashville.

Articles by Larry Woody

WOODY: Requiem For A Nice Guy Named Benny
Friday, Jan 17, 2014 – 8:57 | 7 Comments
WOODY: Requiem For A Nice Guy Named Benny

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Seven years ago this week NASCAR – and the world – lost one of its resident Nice Guys.
Benny Parsons died from lung cancer. I was around Benny a lot back in the old days and never saw him smoking. He used to gnaw on a stogie now and then, [...]

Young Fetcho To Become Taylor Swift Of Racing?
Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 – 13:11 | Comments Off
Young Fetcho To Become Taylor Swift Of Racing?

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASHVILLE – Teen-age racer Dylan Fetcho hopes Scott Borchetta can do for his racing career what he’s done for Taylor Swift’s singing career.
Borchetta, founder and owner of Big Machine Records, discovered Swift several years ago when she was 14, and helped turn her into one of country music’s [...]

NASCAR Should Have Issued Penalty To NASCAR
Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 – 14:11 | 17 Comments
NASCAR Should Have Issued Penalty To NASCAR

Who’s to blame for the biggest debacle/scandal/travesty (take your pick) in NASCAR history?
NASCAR, that’s who.
For years it turned a blind eye toward blatant points tampering by teammates, and it finally got bit where it hurts worst – in its credibility.
Now it’s stuck with a tainted championship Chase. No matter who wins, it’ll be a tarnished [...]

NASCAR Gets Needed Shot of Country
Friday, Sep 6, 2013 – 11:41 | Comments Off
NASCAR Gets Needed Shot of Country

NASHVILLE – At one time, stock car racing and country music went together like biscuits and gravy, but in recent years NASCAR has tended to sop its biscuits in the spicier sauces of rock music.
That’s why traditionalists – both of racing and country music – welcomed the announcement that Gretchen Wilson will be involved in [...]

Joe Carver Will Be Missed By Friends, NASCAR
Sunday, Jan 20, 2013 – 16:25 | 8 Comments
Joe Carver Will Be Missed By Friends, NASCAR

By Larry Woody | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Joe Carver dictated the first racing story I “wrote” when I was assigned the beat in the late 1960’s, and he once prodded a grumpy Dale Earnhardt into the Sports Department so I could interview him.
Joe, as PR director of Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway, had a major influence on my career [...]

Forlorn Forecast for Nashville’s Field of Broken Dreams
Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 – 14:31 | 4 Comments
Forlorn Forecast for Nashville’s Field of Broken Dreams

GLADEVILLE, Tenn. – Dover Motorsports president and CEO Denis McGlynn says there is no change in the status of Nashville Superspeedway, which means the track is destined for another season of silence.
The track, located 35 miles from Nashville, stopped racing following the 2011 season. Attendance – never robust – had withered away for NASCAR’s Camping [...]

Larry Woody: NASCAR Is Supposed To Be A Nervous Wreck
Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 – 20:13 | 8 Comments
Larry Woody: NASCAR Is Supposed To Be A Nervous Wreck

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I don’t know what part of “fans like wrecks” that NASCAR doesn’t understand. You’d think that after six decades they’d get it.
Wrecks – and the tense anticipation thereof – are what made NASCAR the thrilling spectator sport that it is. Or used to be.
Bruising, beat-and-bang action is what separated NASCAR [...]

WOODY: Atwood Gets Back On Track
Friday, Apr 13, 2012 – 7:06 | 5 Comments
WOODY: Atwood Gets Back On Track

Nashville’s Casey Atwood, once billed as NASCAR’s next Jeff Gordon, is back where he started over a decade ago: running Saturday night fender-benders at Fairgrounds Speedway.
“I haven’t been in a race car for about three years now, and I’ve missed it,” says Atwood, 31, who will buckle in for Saturday night’s season opener at the [...]

Marty Robbins Book Brings Back Memories
Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 – 7:24 | One Comment
Marty Robbins Book Brings Back Memories

One summer Saturday night at Nashville Speedway, Marty Robbins was leading a caution-delayed race when he suddenly swerved into the pits and began unbuckling his helmet.
Crew chief Preacher Hamilton (grandfather of future NASCAR star Bobby Hamilton) rushed over to see what was wrong with the car.
“Nothing’s wrong,” said Marty, “but we’re runnin’ late and I’ve [...]

Woody: Cheating’s Not Funny Anymore
Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 – 7:51 | 13 Comments
Woody: Cheating’s Not Funny Anymore

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I confess that I wouldn’t recognize a C-post if Chad Knaus installed one in my breakfast cereal some morning.
Which, based on all the mechanical malfeasances Chad has been charged with during his years in NASCAR, is not out of the realm of possibility.
But whatever a C-post is (an area between the [...]