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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: 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 [...]

Woody: Martin Dignified, Determined In Defeat
Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010 – 7:54 | 4 Comments
Woody: Martin Dignified, Determined In Defeat

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
They say you can tell more about a man’s character in defeat than in victory.
I’m not sure that applies to Mark Martin.
Mark is so even-keeled that he’s dignified win or lose. Through good times and bad, amid highs and lows, his personal compass invariably remains stuck on “classy.”
This year, for [...]

Woody: Johnson Has ‘Choke Hold’ on Competition
Monday, Nov 22, 2010 – 18:39 | One Comment
Woody: Johnson Has ‘Choke Hold’ on Competition

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Last Sunday King Jimmie the Fifth was crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway, concluding a race and a season that followed a familiar scenario for success:
Jimmie Johnson did a masterful job of driving.
And the competition did a masterful job of choking.
Denny Hamlin, Johnson’s closest challenger, spun out early in the race.
Kevin Harvick, [...]

Woody: Chase Racers Strain Pacemakers
Friday, Nov 19, 2010 – 15:26 | Comments Off
Woody: Chase Racers Strain Pacemakers

If this season’s Chase for the Championship hasn’t got you excited, you might want to check your pulse.
You might be clinically dead.
I don’t see how anyone who doesn’t have a tag on their toe won’t be perched on the edge of their La-Z-Boy Sunday afternoon when they roll off the line at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR wanted [...]