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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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Hamilton Jr. Launches New Career
Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 – 7:37 | 4 Comments
Hamilton Jr. Launches New Career

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ridgetop, Tenn. – Fourth-generation racer Bobby Hamilton Jr. says he’s “getting a quick education” about the other side of the sport.
“In the past I just showed up the track, ran the race, and went home,” said Hamilton, who on Saturday launches his first season as owner/operator of Highland Rim Speedway. [...]

Woody: Edwards Just Honoring An Old Code
Tuesday, Mar 9, 2010 – 7:29 | 13 Comments
Woody: Edwards Just Honoring An Old Code

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Back at the start of the season, NASCAR told drivers to “have at it.”
So last Sunday at Atlanta Carl Edwards had at it.
In case you missed it (and it’s hard to do, because every TV station in the Western Hemisphere has been re-playing it non-stop) Edwards bumped Brad Keselowski and sent [...]

Tebow ‘Steals’ Waltrip’s Car
Sunday, Mar 7, 2010 – 11:09 | One Comment
Tebow ‘Steals’ Waltrip’s Car

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – Fox Sports analyst Darrell Waltrip flew home from calling the recent race at Las Vegas to discover his car missing from the airport’s private parking lot.
Long story short: Tim Tebow, in town for a workout, had parked his car next to DW’s. In the dark lot, Tebow’s party [...]

Woody: Jimmie Stinking Up The Show
Thursday, Mar 4, 2010 – 8:02 | 9 Comments
Woody: Jimmie Stinking Up The Show

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Back in the late 1960’s a brash, talent-oozing young leadfoot from Ownesboro, Ky., swaggered into Nashville and proceeded to turn Nashville Speedway’s Victory Circle into his own private parking space.
His name was Darrell Waltrip and he drove as fast as he talked. He was darn near unbeatable.
Darrell wasn’t just winning [...]