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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: Going, Going…Is Jimmie Gone?
Saturday, Oct 9, 2010 – 6:36 | Comments Off
Woody: Going, Going…Is Jimmie Gone?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Sometimes it seems that Jimmie Johnson is toying with the rest of the field.
In the opening Chase race at New Hampshire he finished 25th and dropped to seventh in the standings.
Laptops and tongues were clicking. Were there suddenly cracks in the flawless team? Was the magic ride over? Was this the [...]

Woody: Old Tow-Truck Defense Seldom Succeeds
Thursday, Oct 7, 2010 – 6:45 | Comments Off
Woody: Old Tow-Truck Defense Seldom Succeeds

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I could have told Richard Childress and Clint Bowyer that their claim that a tow truck bumped into the rear of their race car and rendered it illegal probably wouldn’t work.
It’s the oldest trick in the book.
When I was kid my teacher wanted to know what happened to my homework. I [...]

Woody: Nashville Bids Farewell To A Racing Era
Tuesday, Oct 5, 2010 – 7:46 | Comments Off
Woody: Nashville Bids Farewell To A Racing Era

There were two big racing stories in Music City on Sunday morning; one of triumph and one of loss.
Dario Franchitti, who resides in the Nashville suburbs of Leiper’s Fork, won his third Indy Racing League championship. And 106 years of stock car racing ended at the State Fairgrounds.
The city of Nashville, which owns the Fairgrounds [...]

Woody: Who’s In NASCAR Hall’s Second Haul?
Thursday, Sep 30, 2010 – 7:09 | 2 Comments
Woody: Who’s In NASCAR Hall’s Second Haul?

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I think NASCAR erred by limiting its Hall of Fame inductions to a mere five per year, and that’s been reflected in a less-than-anticipated visitor turnout.
Hopefully as the number of enshrinements grow, so will interest and attendance. The HOF was a wonderful, overdue idea. But it should have opened its [...]

Woody: Hamlin Waging Psychological Warfare?
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2010 – 6:54 | 2 Comments
Woody: Hamlin Waging Psychological Warfare?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I don’t know if Denny Hamlin really believes that Clint Bowyer drove a cheated-up Chevy a couple of weeks ago, and that such shenanigans were rampant at Richard Childress Racing.
What Denny REALLY thinks doesn’t matter. What counts is that he got the goat of a lot of folks at RCR’s NASCAR [...]

Woody: NASCAR Deserves Delay Of Game Penalty
Friday, Sep 24, 2010 – 7:31 | 5 Comments
Woody: NASCAR Deserves Delay Of Game Penalty

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
This rant is not about whether Clint Bowyer and his team deserved to be penalized for using a cheated-up car to win last Sunday’s race at New Hampshire – I’ve always felt that if someone is caught cheating they should get hammered.
My gripe is that it took NASCAR three days to [...]

Woody: Little Bobby Buys Little Bristol
Thursday, Sep 23, 2010 – 9:28 | Comments Off
Woody: Little Bobby Buys Little Bristol

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Perhaps its fitting that a racer known as “Little Bobby” should operate a race track known as “Little Bristol.”
That’s what has happened in Carthage, Tenn., located 60 miles east of Nashville, where it was announced this week that Bobby Hamilton Jr. has bought Riverview Speedway.
The quarter-mile paved track is called [...]

Woody: The Thrill Of The Chase
Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010 – 8:33 | Comments Off
Woody: The Thrill Of The Chase

It is, as they say, a whole new ballgame.
Darkhorse Clint Bowyer scrambled NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship like a platter of Waffle House eggs with last Sunday’s victory at New Hampshire Speedway.
Bowyer, who squeezed into to 12-driver field in last past, soared all the way up to second.
That’s the thrill of the Chase: it offers [...]

Woody: Non-Chasers Are Still Racers
Tuesday, Sep 21, 2010 – 8:58 | One Comment
Woody: Non-Chasers Are Still Racers

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
During one of last season’s Chase for the Championship races a commentator complained that some of the “other” drivers were racing the Chasers too hard.
They weren’t moving over, getting out of way and conceding the track to the 12 Chase drivers who were contending for the championship. The commentator hoped that [...]

Woody: Cheaters Shouldn’t Keep Their Trophies
Thursday, Sep 16, 2010 – 7:10 | 5 Comments
Woody: Cheaters Shouldn’t Keep Their Trophies

Reggie Buch this week returned his 2005 Heisman Trophy after admitting that he won it while violating NCAA rules during his playing days at USC.
Bush said his actions “stained the dignity of the award.”
Good for Reggie. It’s refreshing to see a pro athlete with a conscience and a sense of shame these days.
Maybe NASCAR will [...]