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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: 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 [...]

Woody: The Chase – And The Pressure – Is On
Wednesday, Sep 15, 2010 – 6:32 | Comments Off
Woody: The Chase – And The Pressure – Is On

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In the NFL there are two types of teams, and I don’t mean running and passing.
I mean the ones that make the playoffs and the ones that don’t.
That’s the standard by which a season is measured in the NFL: making the playoffs. Getting in makes the season a success. Not getting [...]

Woody: Chase Is Only Chance Against Football
Tuesday, Sep 14, 2010 – 7:31 | 4 Comments
Woody: Chase Is Only Chance Against Football

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
For those who don’t like NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship, here’s something to consider:
NASCAR had no choice.
Football – college and pro – is king, and every year the kingdoms are growing.
If you don’t believe me check out the “mainstream” media coverage last weekend. Compare the inches/airtime that NASCAR’s big Richmond showdown [...]

Woody: PC Police Should Get Off Bruton’s Back
Thursday, Sep 9, 2010 – 7:01 | 3 Comments
Woody: PC Police Should Get Off Bruton’s Back

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Oh for crying out loud …
Ever since Bruton Smith made a remark – granted, a snide remark – referring to Miami-Homestead as “North Cuba,” the Politically Correct Police sirens have been wailing.
They pounced on Smith’s comment, claiming it is insensitive because over 60 percent of the Miami-Dade County population is [...]

Woody: Kyle Has Made Todd A Tad Testy
Wednesday, Sep 8, 2010 – 7:10 | 3 Comments
Woody: Kyle Has Made Todd A Tad Testy

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Todd Bodine is running away with the NASCAR Camping World Series truck championship, but despite his stellar season he has a burr under his blanket.
The burr is named Kyle Busch.
A media member got a rise out of Todd during last month’s truck race at Nashville Superspeedway when he asked if the [...]

Woody: Martin’s Fade Is Sad To See
Tuesday, Sep 7, 2010 – 6:56 | 2 Comments
Woody: Martin’s Fade Is Sad To See

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If last year’s resurgence by Mark Martin was the feel-good story of the year, does that mean this year’s fade is the feel-bad saga of the season?
It’s definitely been a disappointing reversal of fortune for the popular veteran as he teeters on the brink of championship elimination.
Martin’s 21st-place finish Sunday at [...]

Woody: News Flash – NASCAR Is Noisy
Thursday, Sep 2, 2010 – 5:54 | 3 Comments
Woody: News Flash – NASCAR Is Noisy

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
After an extensive study (funded by extensive tax dollars) our hard-working federal government has come up with a stunning discovery:
Racing is loud.
I wish they’d called me before they went to all that trouble and expense. I could have told them what their experts worked so hard to find out.
Scientists and researchers [...]

Woody: Don’t Inflate Busch’s Win Total
Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010 – 10:46 | 21 Comments
Woody: Don’t Inflate Busch’s Win Total

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
There’s no question that Kyle Busch is currently the hottest thing on four wheels.
His recent Bristol Triple – three wins in three days in NASCAR’s three touring series – was an amazing feat, especially on a treacherous track like Bristol.
Kyle is a gifted young racer, tough, talented and temperamental.
But let’s not [...]

Woody: Busch Loves Being The Villain – For Now
Wednesday, Aug 25, 2010 – 7:58 | 10 Comments
Woody: Busch Loves Being The Villain – For Now

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Every sport needs a villain, and Kyle Busch seems to delight in filling the bill in NASCAR.
Busch is the most exciting racer on the track, and arguably the most talented. He is also the most controversial and cantankerous, the driver that fans and fellow drivers love to loathe.
Kyle’s the best [...]