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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: Big-Leaguer Swipes Lunch Money Again
Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010 – 7:30 | 3 Comments
Woody: Big-Leaguer Swipes Lunch Money Again

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
At the start of the season I wondered which Sprint Cup major-leaguer would dominate the second-tier Nationwide Series and (as usual) steal the little guys’ lunch money.
The verdict is in: Brad Keselowski.
Keselowski won in a romp, officially tying the bow at Texas Motor Speedway a week ago. It was over long [...]

Woody: ‘Borrowing’ Crew Sends Strained Message
Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 – 6:58 | 10 Comments
Woody: ‘Borrowing’ Crew Sends Strained Message

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Remind me never to let Chad Knaus borrow my lawn mower.
By now everybody knows what happened during last week’s Texas race. Chad “borrowed” Jeff Gordon’s pit crew and now he won’t return it.
He says it works much better than his old pit crew.
He says it’s faster and more efficient.
He likes it [...]

Woody: Pressure Could Be Getting To Gordon
Tuesday, Nov 9, 2010 – 11:44 | One Comment
Woody: Pressure Could Be Getting To Gordon

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Last Sunday’s Texas smackdown between Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton was significant not for the physical damage inflicted – I’ve seen better brawls during a blue-light special at WalMart – but because of what it indicated:
Gordon is feeling the pressure.
Not that he didn’t have ample reason to be peeved after Burton [...]

Woody: The Petty Plight Is Sad To See
Thursday, Nov 4, 2010 – 6:37 | Comments Off
Woody: The Petty Plight Is Sad To See

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
First we were forced to witness the somber demise of Petty Enterprises.
Now we’re watching an equally wrenching battle to keep Richard Petty Motorsports afloat.
No family has meant more and contributed greater to any sport than the Pettys have to NASCAR. Somehow it seems unfair that they should be in such a [...]

Woody: NASCAR Will Miss Hunter’s Touch
Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010 – 7:18 | One Comment
Woody: NASCAR Will Miss Hunter’s Touch

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If every one of Jim Hunter’s friends offered a eulogy we would be – as Hunter used to say, “here all night.”
Just about every sports writer has a personal story about some favor done by Hunter, some request he went out of his way to accommodate, some helping hand he [...]

Woody: Judgment Calls Are A Part Of Racing
Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010 – 5:54 | 2 Comments
Woody: Judgment Calls Are A Part Of Racing

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Judgment calls have always been part of NASCAR and will be till Judgment Day.
Aric Almirola learned that hard lesson last Saturday at Talladega.
He also learned that there are different definitions of “below the line.”
Under NASCAR’s rules drivers aren’t allowed to go below the yellow warning line to make a pass at [...]

Talladega Is Extra Spooky This Weekend
Saturday, Oct 30, 2010 – 8:47 | Comments Off
Talladega Is Extra Spooky This Weekend

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Halloween is going to be a whole lot scarier for a lot of folks Sunday.
Talladega Superspeedway, a 2.6-mile asphalt House of Horrors, is a known for lots of tricks and very few treats.
It’s a spooky place even with the lights on.
Things often go bump in the daytime – big, loud [...]

Woody: Unnecessary Roughness A Rough Call
Wednesday, Oct 27, 2010 – 6:11 | One Comment
Woody: Unnecessary Roughness A Rough Call

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The National Football League finds itself having to deal with a prickly issue that has historically haunted NASCAR:
How rough is too rough in an inherently-violent sport?
In the wake of several brutal hits that left players dazed and/or unconscious, the pro football league last week announced a crackdown on “unnecessary roughness.’’ It [...]

Woody: The Kahne Train Wreck Was Inevitable
Tuesday, Oct 26, 2010 – 6:46 | 5 Comments
Woody: The Kahne Train Wreck Was Inevitable

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In other sports it’s called “tampering” and it carries stiff penalties.
One team isn’t allowed to try to lure away a member of another team who is under contract, especially while the season is under way.
Maybe NASCAR needs to consider a similar rule in the wake of the turmoil created by Hendrick [...]

Woody: Flowers, Byrd Will Be Missed
Friday, Oct 22, 2010 – 7:08 | 2 Comments
Woody: Flowers, Byrd Will Be Missed

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
They were different in style, personality and disposition, but for decades they shared a common bond in stock car racing.
Retired motorsports writer Jack Flowers died last week at his home near Charlotte, followed by the announcement that Jeff Byrd, president and GM of Bristol Motor Speedway, had lost a lengthy [...]