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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: Can Ambrose Forget His Flub?
Friday, Jun 25, 2010 – 7:03 | 3 Comments
Woody: Can Ambrose Forget His Flub?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacingToday.com
Back in my football-beat days I frequently listened to coaches address their team the week after a tough loss. (I covered Vanderbilt, the perennial Southeastern Conference doormat, so I had occasion to hear many such talks.)
The message was this: Don’t let one team beat you twice. Don’t allow one loss to [...]

Woody: Good To See Gordon On The Go
Thursday, Jun 24, 2010 – 11:33 | 13 Comments
Woody: Good To See Gordon On The Go

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Remember when a sizable segment of NASCAR fans used to boo Jeff Gordon because they considered him too goody-goody, too California-cool, too GQ?
Wonder how they like him now?
Last Sunday at Sonoma Gordon drove like a crazed moonshine runner, taking no prisoners and winning no friends. The Boy Scout turned into [...]

Woody: Phantom Flags Have Flapped Before
Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 – 7:01 | One Comment
Woody: Phantom Flags Have Flapped Before

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s the oldest debate in NASCAR: Do officials sometimes throw an unwarranted caution flag to close up a strung-out field and make the race more exciting?
Denny Hamlin is the latest driver to claim that it does, charging that NASCAR threw a  caution for phantom debris during a drowsy stretch at Michigan [...]

Woody: Pardon The Excitement
Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010 – 8:53 | 4 Comments
Woody: Pardon The Excitement

As the dust and car parts settled over Sunday’s race at Infineon Raceway, it seemed like everybody was apologizing.
Jeff Gordon apologized for roughing up the competition.
Marcus Ambrose apologized for blowing his first career victory with a bone-headed mistake.
Jimmie Johnson apologized – well, sort of – for lucking into yet another victory.
About the only folks who [...]

Woody: Gentleman, Start Your Ringers
Friday, Jun 18, 2010 – 6:34 | 4 Comments
Woody: Gentleman, Start Your Ringers

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Well, it’s off to Snore-noma for Sunday’s race at Infineon Raceway, a meandering 1.99-mile road course shaped like a NASCAR fuel can.
I’ve never been a fan of road-course racing. I’m not saying it’s bad, it’s just different from the traditional oval-track tussles most of us old-time (read: ancient) fans grew [...]

Woody: Is Tony Saving His Best For Last?
Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 – 7:23 | Comments Off
Woody: Is Tony Saving His Best For Last?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A couple of weeks ago, that mild-mannered stranger who has been wearing Tony Stewart’s racing uniform to racetracks made an announcement:
He REALLY IS Tony Stewart, the once-volatile terror of the track, and he said he’s going to get back to doing what he used to do best – making waves and [...]

Woody: Pops In Pits Bad Idea
Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 – 7:28 | Comments Off
Woody: Pops In Pits Bad Idea

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Anyone who’s ever sat in the stands during a Little League game or a youth-league soccer match knows why it’s not a good idea to allow parents in the pits at a stock car race.
As my racintoday.com cohort Rick Minter pointed out in an earlier column, Parents Behaving Badly is [...]

Woody: Logano Zinger Was Award Worthy
Wednesday, Jun 9, 2010 – 7:12 | 3 Comments
Woody: Logano Zinger Was Award Worthy

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Seeing as how NASCAR has an award for everything else, how about one for Zinger of the Year?
I nominate Joey Logano’s classic crack at Kevin Harvick during a heated confrontation following last Sunday’s Pocono race.
Logano blamed Harvick for crashing him, and added:
“His wife wears the fire suit in the family, tells [...]

Woody: Chase Pressure Causing Boil-Overs?
Tuesday, Jun 8, 2010 – 14:26 | Comments Off
Woody: Chase Pressure Causing Boil-Overs?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
After last Sunday’s race at Pocono, Joey Logano had to be restrained from going after Kevin Harvick.
The week before at Charlotte Jeff Burton got in the face of Kyle Busch and gave him a blistering, finger-shaking dress-down.
Summer’s at hand temperatures are rising.
You wonder if the recent boil-overs by two of NASCAR’s [...]

Petree Not A Big Fan Of Starting And Parking
Tuesday, Jun 8, 2010 – 7:03 | 8 Comments
Petree Not A Big Fan Of Starting And Parking

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – ESPN commentator Andy Petree thinks its time for NASCAR to take the “start” out of start-and-park racing.
“I hate it and I don’t think it should be permitted,” Petree said in response to a question about the controversial practice prior to last week’s Nationwide Series race in Nashville.
“I guess if [...]