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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

Lagasse Challenges Cup Raiders
Friday, Apr 2, 2010 – 6:31 | Comments Off on Lagasse Challenges Cup Raiders
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 on Woody: End Of The Wing Fling
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 on Dale Jarrett Talks Feuds, Paybacks and Coverage
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 […]

Woody: Keep Eye On The Tiger
Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 – 7:23 | 2 Comments
Woody: Keep Eye On The Tiger

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
“They were accessible, likable, knowable, conversant, as gracious in loss as they were in victory, and above all, amazingly helpful to those of us in the print lodge who covered them … they endured demands on their time, but they handled it courteously, often with ease and enjoyment.”
A lot of […]

Woody: Enough Of The Gripes Of Wrath, Already
Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 – 6:46 | 10 Comments
Woody: Enough Of The Gripes Of Wrath, Already

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Judging from all the media hissing and moaning, Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski should be ashamed of themselves, whaling away on each other and disturbing NASCAR’s nap-time.
Yeah, Keselowski took a wild ride at Atlanta. So?
Wild rides are what stock car racing is all about. Or at least it used to be, […]

Woody: Old Promoters Fading Away
Monday, Mar 15, 2010 – 8:40 | 2 Comments
Woody: Old Promoters Fading Away

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
He was known as “Uncle Bob” – part carnival barker, part used-car salesman – and man could he put on a show.
Awhile back I came across a wonderful tribute to the late Bob Harmon written by Mike Bell on GeorgiaRacingHistory.com. It brought back a lot of great memories about Harmon […]

Woody: IRL Forgotten But Not Gone
Saturday, Mar 13, 2010 – 7:55 | 14 Comments
Woody: IRL Forgotten But Not Gone

Have you heard something about the Indy Racing League kicking off its season Sunday?
Me neither.
I thought maybe it had changed its name and entered the FBI’s witness protection program.
I snooped around, did some digging, paid an informant, and discovered that the IRL is scheduled to run the Sao Paulo Indy 300.
You’ve gotta give the IRL […]