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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: 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 […]

Woody: Fans Balk At Motel Fleecing
Tuesday, Aug 24, 2010 – 6:55 | 3 Comments
Woody: Fans Balk At Motel Fleecing

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A few years ago some Tennessee politicians made a big grandstanding deal about clamping down on ticket scalping, with special emphasis on Bristol race tickets.
The polls thumped their chests and declared that they would NOT STAND BY and allow race fans TO BE GOUGED by scalpers who had the audacity to […]

Woody: Can Bristol Regain Its Belligerence?
Friday, Aug 20, 2010 – 7:02 | 4 Comments
Woody: Can Bristol Regain Its Belligerence?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
For 40 years I’ve told my non-racing buddies that if they ever decide to go see what all the commotion is about, they should catch a race at Bristol.
If a visitor from Mars dropped by and had time to catch just one earth-craft race before galloping back off into the galaxy, […]

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 […]