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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: Today Ethanol, Tomorrow Hamsters?
Friday, Jan 7, 2011 – 7:16 | 7 Comments
Woody: Today Ethanol, Tomorrow Hamsters?

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
While stranded in Upstate New York recently, watching the snow pile up six feet outside my motel window as the temperature hovered at zero, I had time to ponder the consequences of Global Warming.
I’m glad NASCAR is doing its part to save the polar bears and shaft the oil sheiks [...]

Woody: Jimmie Becomes Monk, Other Predictions
Saturday, Jan 1, 2011 – 9:24 | 2 Comments
Woody: Jimmie Becomes Monk, Other Predictions

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
About this time every year, sports writers gaze into their crystal punch bowls and predict what the New Year holds.
Here’s what I see swirling around in the ice and Jack Daniel’s:
– Jimmie Johnson, bored with the incessant winning and his life of wealth and luxury, decides to forsake the worldly pleasures [...]

Woody: Low-Tech Cheating – Blasting Buckshot
Monday, Dec 27, 2010 – 8:28 | 2 Comments
Woody: Low-Tech Cheating – Blasting Buckshot

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
One of the more interesting but largely overlooked stories of the recently completed season brought back a flash from the past.
NASCAR busted driver Michael McDowell and his crew chief after discovering “weight pellets” hidden in their car’s frame during the October Talladega race. That’s one of the oldest tricks in [...]

Woody: NASCAR’s Senior Citizen Remains Young At Heart
Saturday, Dec 25, 2010 – 10:10 | 7 Comments
Woody: NASCAR’s Senior Citizen Remains Young At Heart

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
On Jan. 9 Mark Martin will blow out 52 candles on his birthday cake and – once he catches his breath – get ready to go racing.
It will continue a ritual that began decades ago when a teen-aged Martin raced against “green-toothed pulpwood-haulers” on dirt tracks in the boondocks of [...]

Woody: Kyle Busch Plays Rough But Not Dirty
Tuesday, Dec 21, 2010 – 7:48 | 7 Comments
Woody: Kyle Busch Plays Rough But Not Dirty

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Some goofy website recently ran a ranking of the “top 50 dirtiest athletes in sports history” and Kyle Busch was listed 38th.
That put him ahead of notorious boxer/ex-con Mike Tyson who came in 40th. That’s all we need to know about how authentic the whole thing is. It was intended to [...]

Woody: Track Debate Has Nashville In An Uproar
Saturday, Dec 18, 2010 – 8:47 | 8 Comments
Woody: Track Debate Has Nashville In An Uproar

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ongoing efforts to shut down 53-year-old Fairgrounds Speedway as part of a “redevelopment” of the city-owned property has created a major uproar in Nashville, dividing citizens and politicians in one of the most heated issues in the city’s history.
Some believe the battle is not just about the future of racing [...]

Woody: Hall Of Fame Learns Fans Can Be Fickle
Friday, Dec 17, 2010 – 15:11 | 3 Comments
Woody: Hall Of Fame Learns Fans Can Be Fickle

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Attendance continues to fall far below projections at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, leaving the facility drowning in a sea of red ink.
The HOF reportedly lost $409,000 between July and October, and losses are projected to exceed $1 million by next summer.
What went wrong? What made the “experts” [...]

Woody: NASCAR Presses The Pants Issue
Tuesday, Dec 14, 2010 – 12:25 | 2 Comments
Woody: NASCAR Presses The Pants Issue

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
With fans yawning, attendance sagging, ratings slumping and teams struggling, it’s good to see that NASCAR is on top of such a pressing problem:
Altering its dress code.
According reports, NASCAR next season will relax its restrictions on garage-wear to allow shorts, short-sleeve/sleeveless shirts, and open-toed shoes.
In the past, everyone in the [...]

Woody: Junior, Jeff Blanks Were Top Driver Stories
Thursday, Dec 9, 2010 – 8:19 | 2 Comments
Woody: Junior, Jeff Blanks Were Top Driver Stories

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I see that some of my media colleagues selected Jimmie Johnson’s championship run as the biggest NASCAR story of 2010. I disagree.
As I opined earlier, I think the most significant overall story was the impressive safety record NASCAR continued to amass – but of course safety is a boring subject [...]

Woody: Junior Loses Races But Not Fans
Wednesday, Dec 8, 2010 – 8:43 | 8 Comments
Woody: Junior Loses Races But Not Fans

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
One of NASCAR’s more amazing streaks continued this season, and no, I don’t mean Jimmie Johnson’s record-extending fifth championship.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Most Popular Driver Award for an eighth consecutive year.
It just goes to show that winning’s not everything. In fact, in Junior’s case, apparently it’s nothing. No matter how [...]