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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: 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 [...]

Woody: Now We Know Why There’s No Geezer Tour
Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 – 7:19 | 5 Comments
Woody: Now We Know Why There’s No Geezer Tour

A Seniors Tour is fine in golf. But not in racing.
In golf when an old dude hits one out of bounds he simply mutters, drops another ball and keeps playing.
In racing when they hit one out of bounds they go to the hospital.
That’s what happened last Saturday at Bristol when Larry Pearson and Charlie Glotzbach [...]

Marlin Gives Ownership A Whirl
Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 – 6:46 | 6 Comments
Marlin Gives Ownership A Whirl

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – Sterling Marlin, retired after 30 years as a driver in NASCAR’s Cup Series, is involved in the sport in a new role: team owner.
Well, sort of.
The two-time Daytona 500 champion is listed as co-owner of a new team, BD Racing, which plans to compete in the Sunoco National [...]

Dale Jarrett Talks Feuds, Paybacks and Coverage
Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 – 6:32 | Comments Off
Dale Jarrett Talks Feuds, Paybacks and Coverage

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
With emotions at a fever pitching heading into this week’s race at Bristol – NASCAR’s most cantankerous track – the media has to walk a fine line between pro wresting and Masterpiece Theater.
That’s the opinion of Dale Jarrett, who will be calling Saturday’s Nationwide race for ESPN, even as all eyes [...]