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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: 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 [...]

Woody: Waltrip Is Left Out Of Hall – Again
Wednesday, Oct 20, 2010 – 6:59 | 2 Comments
Woody: Waltrip Is Left Out Of Hall – Again

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Another NASCAR Hall of Fame class, another snub.
Last year David Pearson was left out. This year it was Darrell Waltrip.
In last year’s inaugural five-person class the selectors incredibly omitted Pearson – No. 2 in victories and considered by many the greatest driver in the sport’s history – in favor of a [...]

Woody: Crabgrass Ruining Chase
Friday, Oct 15, 2010 – 9:03 | Comments Off
Woody: Crabgrass Ruining Chase

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jimmie Johnson has become the crabgrass of NASCAR. Once he moves in there’s no getting rid of him.
Oh, once in awhile he may shrivel a bit, but he quickly sprouts right back up, as fresh and entrenched as ever.
While Tony Stewart stole the headlines by winning last Sunday’s race at [...]

Woody: Can Stewart Turn Up The Heat?
Tuesday, Oct 12, 2010 – 12:36 | One Comment
Woody: Can Stewart Turn Up The Heat?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
While the rest of the field seems allergic to Jimmie Johnson’s rear bumper, there’s one driver who just might be able to muster a challenge to Mr. Invincible.
Tony Stewart. The driver called “Smoke.” (Who used to be called some other things back in his temper-tantrum days.)
Stewart won last Sunday’s race in [...]