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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: 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 […]

Woody: Has Jimmie’s Magic Ride Ended?
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 – 7:56 | Comments Off on Woody: Has Jimmie’s Magic Ride Ended?
Woody: Has Jimmie’s Magic Ride Ended?

As soon as it happened I thought to myself: this could be a seminal moment in Jimmie Johnson’s amazing four-year run.
Johnson was cruising around Darlington Raceway last Saturday night, minding his own business and staying out of trouble – as he usually does – when suddenly A. J. Allmendinger lost control, zinged up the track, […]

Woody: Knee Jerk Reaction To Injury
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 – 7:26 | Comments Off on Woody: Knee Jerk Reaction To Injury
Woody: Knee Jerk Reaction To Injury

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Any time now I expect a flood of aspiring young racers to rush into operating rooms demanding knee surgery.
Just like kids used to (and maybe still do) wear those obscenely-priced shoes endorsed by Michael Jordon to try to Be Like Mike, I figure young racing wannabes will want to Drive […]

Woody: Flood Puts Problems Into Perspective
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 – 17:50 | Comments Off on Woody: Flood Puts Problems Into Perspective
Woody: Flood Puts Problems Into Perspective

Nashville, Tenn. – It was a hectic weekend. I was trying to arrange an interview with Dale Earnhardt Jr. for a fast-approaching magazine deadline, the air conditioner was making an odd (i.e., expensive-sounding) noise and the guy who works on my car (Mr. Good Wallet) said I needed at least four new tires.
My lawn mower […]

Woody: Queen Lynda Is A Racing Heroine
Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 – 9:53 | 2 Comments
Woody: Queen Lynda Is A Racing Heroine

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR has had lots of heroes over the years. It has also had lots of heroines – we just don’t hear as much about them. They’re silent and unseen for the most part.
Another word for racing’s heroines is “wives.”
None is more respected and admired than Lynda Petty, Richard Petty’s bride of […]

Woody: Frances Knew Value Of Media
Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010 – 7:03 | Comments Off on Woody: Frances Knew Value Of Media
Woody: Frances Knew Value Of Media

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Bill France Sr. and Bill France Jr. shared more than a vision about stock car racing. Visions are a dime a dozen, or nowadays a dollar after inflation.
More practically, they shared a knack for knowing how to turn their vision into reality and a big part of that knack involved […]

Woody: ‘Anonymous Sources’ Can Spell Trouble
Tuesday, Apr 27, 2010 – 6:32 | 4 Comments
Woody: ‘Anonymous Sources’ Can Spell Trouble

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Kevin Harvick touched on one of the most tickling questions in journalism last week when he took the media to task for using an anonymous source in a story about a reputed team rift.
The story quoted an unnamed source as saying “Kevin has burned all his bridges” at Richard Childress Racing.
Harvick […]

Woody: Kahne Puts Petty In Bind
Saturday, Apr 24, 2010 – 17:00 | One Comment
Woody: Kahne Puts Petty In Bind

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Let’s see if I’ve got this straight:
If Kasey Kahne has to choose between driving for Richard Petty Motorsports or nobody next season, he’ll choose nobody?
That’s what Kasey said when he announced plans to leave RPM at the end of this season: he doesn’t know where he’ll be next season.
Of course […]

Woody: A Snit At Hendrick? ‘Bout Time
Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 – 6:21 | One Comment
Woody: A Snit At Hendrick? ‘Bout Time

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If there really are some ill feeling festering between teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, all I can say is:
‘Bout time.
I think the buddy-buddy nonsense among teammates has gone far enough. If fact, it went way too far last season when Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson swapped charity points in a […]