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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: 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 [...]

Woody: Is Texting Worse Than Having A Monkey In Car?
Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 – 6:52 | 2 Comments
Woody: Is Texting Worse Than Having A Monkey In Car?

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The Feds are considering using NASCAR drivers in a “distracted driver” campaign, intended to warn motorists about the dangers of texting or talking on cell phones while behind the wheel.
I suppose it’s fitting, because race drivers have a pretty good record when it comes to driving while distracted.
Nobody was more [...]

Woody: No ‘Quiet Please” Signs In NASCAR
Monday, Apr 12, 2010 – 7:04 | 2 Comments
Woody: No ‘Quiet Please” Signs In NASCAR

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
During the final round of the Masters Sunday, some golfer (don’t ask me who; they all look alike to me) was in the midst of thinking about perhaps hitting his ball after meditating over it for what seemed like ten minutes when a theater usher in a fancy blazer hissed at [...]

Woody: Rose’s Life Back On Track
Friday, Apr 9, 2010 – 7:32 | One Comment
Woody: Rose’s Life Back On Track

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Brian Rose is back in racing after being suspended from NASCAR seven years ago for substance abuse.
More importantly than regaining his racing career, the young Bowling Green, Ky., driver has his life back.
Rose was scheduled to make his racing return last Friday at Nashville Superspeedway but failed to make the [...]

Woody: From Food To Outhouses, Schtick Works
Tuesday, Apr 6, 2010 – 7:28 | 6 Comments
Woody: From Food To Outhouses, Schtick Works

Back in the days when NASCAR ran two Grand National (now Sprint Cup) races in Nashville, Ralph Emery’s Great Outhouse Race was a fixture.
Emery was host of a popular country music TV show and a huge racing fan. He began holding his annual Outhouse Race as a fun event in connection with the big summer [...]

Harvick Remembers Way To Victory Circle
Saturday, Apr 3, 2010 – 18:13 | 2 Comments
Harvick Remembers Way To Victory Circle

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Gladeville, Tenn. – It had been four years since Kevin Harvick’s last visit to Nashville Superspeedway, and he said he had a little trouble finding his way through the garage area.
But Harvick remembered the way to Victory Circle – last visited by him here in 2006 – after sailing to a [...]

Busch Wins Nashville; Spares Trophy Guitar
Saturday, Apr 3, 2010 – 4:10 | One Comment
Busch Wins Nashville; Spares Trophy Guitar

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Gladeville, Tenn. – Kyle Busch climbed from his truck, grabbed the trademark trophy Gipson guitar, and held it aloft.
The crowd held its breath.
And nothing happened.
After a Nationwide Series victory at Nashville Superspeedway last year Busch smashed the guitar to bits in a “rock-star-style” celebration that caused a ruckus and riled NASCAR [...]

Lagasse Challenges Cup Raiders
Friday, Apr 2, 2010 – 6:31 | Comments Off
Lagasse Challenges Cup Raiders

Nashville – With eight Sprint Cup drivers in the field along with at least two more former big-leaguers, Saturday’s Nationwide race at Nashville Superspeedway has the strongest lineup in its 10-year history.
But one Nationwide-only driver, Scott Lagasse, had this to say about that:
“Bring ‘em on.”
“Personally I look forward to racing against the Cup drivers,” said [...]

Woody: Wrong Call On Right Move
Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 – 6:56 | 2 Comments
Woody: Wrong Call On Right Move

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Isn’t it fun when the experts are wrong?
Fox Sports commentators Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds both said Denny Hamlin had blown it when he ducked in for tires with just a few laps to go Monday at Martinsville.
They declared – and I’m paraphrasing – it was an incredibly bone-headed call [...]

Woody: End Of The Wing Fling
Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 – 7:14 | Comments Off
Woody: End Of The Wing Fling

When I heard that NASCAR plans to clip Jimmie Johnson’s wings this week at Martinsville, I thought, “About time.”
Maybe the rest of the field will have a chance.
But it turns out that everybody else’s wings are getting clipped, too.
NASCAR has decided to do away with the wing on the back of its cars and return [...]