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

Woody: Kahne Fast Off Track Too
Friday, Apr 16, 2010 – 6:31 | Comments Off
Woody: Kahne Fast Off Track Too

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
There’s something odd about this week’s announcement that Kasey Kahne is leaving Richard Petty Motorsports to drive for Hendrick Motorsports.
Kasey can’t get in a Hendrick car until the 2012 season. Hendrick has four drivers signed through 2011, and four is the max permitted by NASCAR.
Since Kahne can’t join Hendrick until [...]

Woody: Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One
Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 – 6:29 | Comments Off
Woody: Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
We’ve been saying it for the past three years:
Surely Jimmie Johnson can’t win ANOTHER championship.
And for the past three years we’ve been wrong.
I didn’t say it at the start of this season – three strikeouts is enough to button most any sportswriter’s mouth – but deep down I admit I thought [...]