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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: 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 […]

Woody: Biggest Story In NASCAR Wasn’t Written
Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010 – 8:12 | 3 Comments
Woody: Biggest Story In NASCAR Wasn’t Written

Every day thousands of planes land safely at airports around the country and we never hear a word about it. There are no glaring newspaper headlines, no program-interrupting news flashes on radio and TV:
“BULLETIN: A jetliner in-bound from Los Angeles carrying 266 passengers has just set down at O’Hare Airport without the slightest hitch. After […]

Woody: Vegas’ Glitter Is Perfect For NASCAR
Friday, Dec 3, 2010 – 15:40 | 4 Comments
Woody: Vegas’ Glitter Is Perfect For NASCAR

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I attended NASCAR’s inaugural New York City awards shindig in 1981 to cover hometown hotfoot Darrell Waltrip’s first championship presentation, and it was a hoot.
One amber-frozen moment: my sports writing sidekick Joe Caldwell and I strolled into the Waldorf Astoria lounge one evening and were greeted by a booming drawl […]

Woody: Johnson A Great ‘Roll Model’ For Racing
Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010 – 7:57 | 6 Comments
Woody: Johnson A Great ‘Roll Model’ For Racing

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The more I see of Jimmie Johnson – and I’ve been seeing a lot of him lately on almost every TV news channel – the more impressed I am by him.
Understand, Johnson’s national exposure is nothing new. This is the fifth consecutive season in which he represents NASCAR as it champion.
But […]

Woody: NASCAR Shouldn’t Over-Tweak
Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 – 8:48 | 9 Comments
Woody: NASCAR Shouldn’t Over-Tweak

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR boss Brian France says some “significant changes” will likely be made in the way the sport determines its champion next season.
Brian hasn’t asked me, but if he should, this is my advice:
Beware of over-tweaking.
As they say, if it’s not broke don’t fix it. And I don’t detect any major cracks […]