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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: 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 [...]

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 [...]