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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: Interest Not Focused On The Leaders
Thursday, Aug 19, 2010 – 6:56 | 5 Comments
Woody: Interest Not Focused On The Leaders

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The Chase for the Championship has turned NASCAR upside down.
Well, at least in terms of interest in the point standings.
With three races left to set the 12-man field, the attention is not focused on the leaders, but on 12th position.
Points leader Kevin Harvick, having secured his spot in the Chase with [...]

Woody: Beware The Open Microphone
Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010 – 6:50 | 5 Comments
Woody: Beware The Open Microphone

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s surprising that there aren’t more on-the-air-bloopers like the one ESPN commentator Rusty Wallace let slip awhile back when he called Kyle Busch a “dumb a..” following a Nationwide victory at Chicagoland Speedway.
Rusty apologized in a statement: “I made an unfortunate remark regarding Kyle Busch. There’s no excuse and I certainly [...]

Woody: Carroll’s Bluegrass Dream Comes True
Friday, Aug 13, 2010 – 7:19 | 6 Comments
Woody: Carroll’s Bluegrass Dream Comes True

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – I was sitting at my desk in The Tennessean in sports department one morning some 12 years ago when the phone rang. On the other end was Jerry Carroll, a former Nashville country club golf pro and prominent real estate developer.
Jerry said he needed Darrell Waltrip’s private phone number.
I [...]

Woody: Raising Kahne Was Unnecessary
Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 – 6:54 | One Comment
Woody: Raising Kahne Was Unnecessary

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It was good to see someone finally get the horse back in front of the cart before any more damage was done by the Kasey Kahne confusion.
It has been announced (belatedly) that Kahne will drive next season for Red Bull Racing while waiting for Mark Martin to vacate his ride [...]

Woody: Another Junior-Free Chase
Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 – 13:00 | 21 Comments
Woody: Another Junior-Free Chase

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Looks as though NASCAR’s playoffs will be missing its star driver again this year.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 26th-place finish at Watkins Glen last Sunday probably doomed his Chase chances. It dropped him two spots in the standings, down to 16th, with just four races left to crack the 12-man championship field.
In [...]

Woody: Bad News, Good News And Other News
Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 – 6:51 | 2 Comments
Woody: Bad News, Good News And Other News

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
My three cents worth (adjusted for inflation):
I hate to see Atlanta lose one of its two Cup races for the same reason I hated to see Darlington lose one. And for North Wilkesboro, Nashville and Rockingham to get cut out of the sport they helped build. No wonder more and more Southern [...]

Bodine Doesn’t Miss A Beat In Music City
Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 – 7:04 | Comments Off
Bodine Doesn’t Miss A Beat In Music City

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Gladeville, Tenn. – It was a long time coming, but Saturday night Todd Bodine finally came away from Nashville with a guitar over his shoulder.
Bodine won Nashville Superspeedway’s trademark trophy Gibson guitar by blowing away the field in the Nashville 200. He got his 19th career win in the NASCAR Camping [...]

Woody: Can Duct Tape Solve NASCAR Problems?
Thursday, Aug 5, 2010 – 11:23 | 5 Comments
Woody: Can Duct Tape Solve NASCAR Problems?

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s common knowledge that duct tape can make any repair, fix any problem.
So it’s no surprise that NASCAR has decided to use duct tape to cure what ails it: just slap a strip across the mouth of every driver and – presto! No more grousing, no more griping.
If you can’t [...]

Hamilton Jr. Back; Eyes Another Track
Wednesday, Aug 4, 2010 – 7:05 | One Comment
Hamilton Jr. Back; Eyes Another Track

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – After hanging up his helmet for awhile, Bobby Hamilton Jr. is back behind the wheel, and at same time planning to expand his holdings by buying a second race track.
“It’s a busy summer,” quipped Hamilton, who made his racing return last week at Pocono in the NASCAR Camping [...]

Woody: Where Is The ‘Go’ In Gordon?
Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010 – 5:38 | One Comment
Woody: Where Is The ‘Go’ In Gordon?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If Jeff Gordon never wins another race he is firmly entrenched among the greatest stock car racers ever to wriggle into a cockpit.
But that’s small consolation to the four-time NASCAR champion as he struggles through the longest losing streak of his career. His 6th-place finish at Pocono last Sunday extended his [...]