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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: 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 [...]

Practice Makes Perfect For Keselowski
Saturday, Jun 5, 2010 – 22:15 | Comments Off
Practice Makes Perfect For Keselowski

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Gladeville, Tenn. – Extra effort paid off for Brad Keselowski.
Keselowski said coming in for a Friday practice session in preparation for Saturday night’s Nationwide race at Nashville Supespeedway – while two other Sprint Cup double-dippers elected to skip it and remain at Pocono – helped propel him to victory in the [...]

Woody: Nashville Team Smokin’ – For Now
Saturday, Jun 5, 2010 – 11:09 | One Comment
Woody: Nashville Team Smokin’ – For Now

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – Is a promising season for Baker Curb Racing about to go up in smoke?
Maybe that’s not the correct term, since it’s “smokeless” that’s the issue.
A federal ban on smokeless tobacco advertising by sports teams goes into effect June 22 and will cost the Nashville-based team its Red Man Tobacco [...]

Woody: Kenny Wallace Is A Gush Of Fresh Air
Friday, Jun 4, 2010 – 7:16 | One Comment
Woody: Kenny Wallace Is A Gush Of Fresh Air

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – I’d forgotten how much fun it can be to talk to a NASCAR driver who seems to enjoy the company, and how simple and easy it is when you don’t have to hack your way through layers of PR guardians.
I got a reminder the other day when Kenny Wallace [...]