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Larry Woody, Senior Writer

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

Marty Robbins Book Brings Back Memories
Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 – 7:24 | One Comment
Marty Robbins Book Brings Back Memories

One summer Saturday night at Nashville Speedway, Marty Robbins was leading a caution-delayed race when he suddenly swerved into the pits and began unbuckling his helmet.
Crew chief Preacher Hamilton (grandfather of future NASCAR star Bobby Hamilton) rushed over to see what was wrong with the car.
“Nothing’s wrong,” said Marty, “but we’re runnin’ late and I’ve [...]

Woody: Cheating’s Not Funny Anymore
Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 – 7:51 | 13 Comments
Woody: Cheating’s Not Funny Anymore

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I confess that I wouldn’t recognize a C-post if Chad Knaus installed one in my breakfast cereal some morning.
Which, based on all the mechanical malfeasances Chad has been charged with during his years in NASCAR, is not out of the realm of possibility.
But whatever a C-post is (an area between the [...]

Woody: Dissecting Daytona’s Delirium
Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 – 8:28 | 2 Comments
Woody: Dissecting Daytona’s Delirium

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The Daytona 500 bender is over – soggy, bleary-eyed and smoke-smelly – and it’s time to fold the tents, round up the animals, roust the clowns and head down the road to the next stop.
By the time they get to Phoenix will anybody remember who won?
Mild-mannered Matt Kenseth captured the [...]

Woody: Danica Wriggles Way Into Daytona 500
Saturday, Feb 4, 2012 – 8:27 | 11 Comments
Woody: Danica Wriggles Way Into Daytona 500

In the spirit of full disclosure, let me say that I’m glad Danica Patrick will be racing in this month’s Daytona 500.
I’ve always admired Danica’s sass, spunk and spirit, and following her endeavors will make the races she runs considerably more interesting.
Having said that, however, the way she got an automatic starting spot without having [...]

Woody: Waltrip Induction Into Hall Is Well-Deserved
Friday, Jan 20, 2012 – 12:16 | 3 Comments
Woody: Waltrip Induction Into Hall Is Well-Deserved

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When I first met Darrell Waltrip in the late 1960s his favorite saying was, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”
D.W. was definitely a squeaky wheel and he got tons of grease, in the form of media attention and publicity.
It paid off, starting with his record-busting early days at Nashville’s Fairgrounds [...]

Woody: The NFL Is Set To Begin Its ‘Chase’
Friday, Jan 6, 2012 – 17:14 | One Comment
Woody: The NFL Is Set To Begin Its ‘Chase’

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The National Football League fires up its version of the Chase for the Championship this week, with every team dreaming about winning the Super Bowl – pro football’s Daytona 500.
NASCAR, you might have noticed, has already completed its playoffs in what was the closest, most dramatic championship battle in the sport’s [...]

Woody: Is NASCAR Dead In Nashville?
Saturday, Dec 24, 2011 – 9:19 | 3 Comments
Woody: Is NASCAR Dead In Nashville?

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR pioneer Gary Baker once described Nashville as “Daytona without the beach.”
With its rich country-music base, Nashville and NASCAR went together like biscuits and gravy. But in recent years the biscuits have crumbled away – country music’s not country any more – and the racing gravy has curdled and dried [...]

Woody: Junior Winless But Not Fan-less
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 – 10:47 | Comments Off
Woody: Junior Winless But Not Fan-less

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In most pro sports an athlete’s popularity rating is determined by his success. He’s adored when he’s winning and scorned – or at least ignored – when he’s losing.
NASCAR fans aren’t like that. They stick by their favorite drivers through fair weather and foul, through good times and bad. Dale Earnhardt [...]

Marlin’s Track Bid Snubbed
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 – 17:10 | One Comment
Marlin’s Track Bid Snubbed

NASHVILLE – A group of investors headed by retired NASCAR star Sterling Marlin was passed over Tuesday by the Metro Fair Board in its search for a new Fairgrounds Speedway operator.
The Fair Board chose instead Tony Formosa Jr., who operated the track in 2010. He will operate the 54-year-old facility next year in what is [...]

Woody: Dealing With Media All Part Of The Job
Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011 – 15:18 | 5 Comments
Woody: Dealing With Media All Part Of The Job

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The first time I met Dale Earnhardt he came to the sports department where I worked to be interviewed.
It was in the mid-1970s and Earnhardt was scheduled to race at Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway the coming weekend. The track PR guy, Joe Carver, called and asked if I could come out to [...]