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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: 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 [...]

Woody: Fox Trots Away A Winner
Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010 – 7:20 | 6 Comments
Woody: Fox Trots Away A Winner

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fox Sports wrapped up its share of the NASCAR season with last Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, handing the mike off to TNT this weekend at Pocono.
After six races on TNT, ESPN takes over for the rest of the season (except when the races are on ABC. Yes, it gets confusing, but [...]

Woody: The Double Bonus Is Big Baloney
Tuesday, Jun 1, 2010 – 7:07 | 2 Comments
Woody: The Double Bonus Is Big Baloney

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
We keep hearing about some sort of $20 million bonus that might be in the works for any driver who wins the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in the same day.
That’s a lot of baloney.
Expensive baloney, granted – but still baloney.
It was a goofy ideal back in years past when [...]

Woody: Busch Better Heed Burton
Monday, May 31, 2010 – 14:32 | 15 Comments
Woody: Busch Better Heed Burton

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I’ve followed Jeff Burton’s career ever since he ran his first Cup race in 1993 and I’ve never known a more likable, mild-mannered and easy-going driver.
He has a reputation as a racer who takes his lumps and never complains.
That’s why it was so stunning to see Burton heatedly confront Kyle [...]

Woody: Danica’s NASCAR Dalliance Brings Boos
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 – 6:35 | 13 Comments
Woody: Danica’s NASCAR Dalliance Brings Boos

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Danica Patrick, accustomed to feeling the love, recently got a lesson in how fickle fans can be.
After she made some critical comments about her car’s setup – by implication blaming her team for a poor qualifying performance – boos rained down from the grandstands at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Why did fans [...]

Woody: How About That Kevin Harvick?
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 – 6:50 | 4 Comments
Woody: How About That Kevin Harvick?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
What a difference year makes.
This time last season Kevin “Happy” Harvick wasn’t living up to his nickname. In fact, it probably would have been hard to find an unhappier camper in all of NASCAR than the spirited young hot-shoe from Bakersfield.
He wasn’t winning, and when Harvick’s not winning he’s not happy.
Rumors [...]

Woody: Kindergarten Kyle Has Lots To Learn
Monday, May 24, 2010 – 12:13 | 15 Comments
Woody: Kindergarten Kyle Has Lots To Learn

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Wonder how Kyle Busch would like it if, after one of his victories, he strutted into the press box to gush over his win and all the members of the media folded their laptops, got up, and walked out?
Sorry, Kyle – we’ve had a bad day and we just aren’t [...]

Woody: One Champ Is Enough
Thursday, May 20, 2010 – 10:24 | One Comment
Woody: One Champ Is Enough

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The Indy Racing League this season plans to award a championship to the driver who scores the most points on road courses and another championship to the driver who does the best on oval tracks, in addition to its overall championship.
My question is, why stop at two?
Why not also award [...]

Adam Petty’s Death Ended Greatest Dynasty
Monday, May 17, 2010 – 9:51 | 6 Comments
Adam Petty’s Death Ended Greatest Dynasty

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since the death of Adam Petty, and it’s equally hard to comprehend the changes set in motion by the death of the charismatic young driver.
It ended the greatest family dynasty in the history of sports.
Adam’s father Kyle was a popular driver. His [...]