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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

Nashville Will Not Follow Gateway Out The Door
Friday, Jul 30, 2010 – 14:42 | One Comment
Nashville Will Not Follow Gateway Out The Door

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dover Motorsports has canceled next year’s NASCAR races at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois, after closing the company’s Memphis track last year – a dismal reminder about the sport’s financial state of affairs.
However, another Dover track, Nashville Superspeedway, is making plans for the 2011 season and track spokesman Cliff [...]

Woody: Martin-Hendrick Mess May Get Ugly
Friday, Jul 30, 2010 – 8:00 | 27 Comments
Woody: Martin-Hendrick Mess May Get Ugly

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Mark Martin is a proud old warrior who has no intention of accepting a bum’s rush out the back door at Hendrick Motorsports.
He made that clear last week in a rare flare of temper after ESPN commentator Ray Evernham said Martin should gracefully – even gratefully – surrender his ride [...]

Woody: The Brickyard Has Lost Its Dazzle
Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 – 6:45 | 7 Comments
Woody: The Brickyard Has Lost Its Dazzle

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I remember the buzz of excitement and anticipation that surrounded NASCAR’s first race at Indy in 1994. It was racing’s equivalent to the moon landing. Stock car drivers were going where none had gone before.
By the time NASCAR headed back for last Sunday’s 17th trip, the buzz had subsided to a [...]

Woody: Readers Have Right To Write
Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 – 6:18 | 5 Comments
Woody: Readers Have Right To Write

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
As my old sports editor used to chuckle, when the letter starts, “Dear Dope,” you figure it’s not going to be complimentary. They’re not writing to tell you how much they admire your wit and appreciate your wisdom.
While serving a 40-year sentence as a newspaperman, I’ve been called every name [...]

Woody: NASCAR’s Nationwide Dilemma Continues
Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 – 7:16 | 7 Comments
Woody: NASCAR’s Nationwide Dilemma Continues

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ah, the Annual Rites of Summer: cookouts, swimming holes and NASCAR’s mid-season promise to do something to rescue its second-tier Nationwide Series.
We’re told that NASCAR’s serious this time. Really. Cross its heart. It’s not just kidding like it was last year. And the year before. And the year before …
As Nationwide [...]

Woody: This Is Getting Dangerous
Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 – 10:23 | 22 Comments
Woody: This Is Getting Dangerous

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Admit it: we all enjoy a good spat, especially in sports, where rivalry translates to drama.
But the festering feud between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski is about to spin out of control.
“Don’t kill my boy,” declared an emotional Bob Keselowski Saturday night as he headed to the infield care center [...]

Woody: Years Don’t Diminish Loss Of Davey
Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 – 7:41 | 2 Comments
Woody: Years Don’t Diminish Loss Of Davey

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Hard to believe it’s been 17 years this week since Davey Allison’s fatal helicopter crash at Talladega.
Seems as though it happened just yesterday:
I got a call the day before from Jim Freeman, PR director at Talladega Superspeedway, inviting me down for a media luncheon with Neil Bonnett. Neil was scheduled to [...]

Woody: Trucks Put On Good, But Skimpy, Show
Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010 – 10:34 | 2 Comments
Woody: Trucks Put On Good, But Skimpy, Show

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
They didn’t need a green flag to start last Sunday’s truck race in Iowa. They needed a feather-duster.
The rusty racers took to the track for the first time since June 12 at Michigan, running just their 9th race since the season opener ‘way back on Feb. 12.
Maybe NASCAR should change [...]

Woody: Thanks For Memories, Help
Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 – 7:46 | 3 Comments
Woody: Thanks For Memories, Help

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Their recent passings didn’t get a lot of media attention, so I’d like to try to make up for it a bit.
It’s the least I can do for Judy Tucker, who last week lost a battle with illness, and Marti Rompf, who passed a few weeks before.
I doubt that many [...]

Woody: Two Views of Kenseth’s Complaints
Monday, Jul 12, 2010 – 13:22 | 4 Comments
Woody: Two Views of Kenseth’s Complaints

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Following the 2003 season in which Matt Kenseth’s lackluster cruise to the championship nudged NASCAR into a radical new format, Matt felt he was being unduly criticized.
During a weekly media conference call I introduced myself before asking a question and Kenseth interrupted by asking:
“Are you that guy who wrote that [...]