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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

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 […]

Woody: Racers Not Immune To Fear
Tuesday, Mar 2, 2010 – 8:01 | 2 Comments
Woody: Racers Not Immune To Fear

Bobby Isaac was leading a race at Talladega in 1973 when suddenly, over the scream of the engines, he heard “strange voices” warning him to get out of the car or he would die.
Isaac immediately pulled off the track, parked his car and got out.
When he explained why – he was obeying voices in his […]

Woody: Please Remember “Suitcase”
Monday, Mar 1, 2010 – 12:55 | Comments Off on Woody: Please Remember “Suitcase”
Woody: Please Remember “Suitcase”

Jake “Suitcase” Elder didn’t have any fancy degree in mechanical engineering or aerodynamics. They don’t teach quantum physics in the third grade, which is where Jake’s formal education petered out.
Some said Suitcase couldn’t read or write. I don’t know if that’s so. All I know is that Suitcase Elder was a heckuva crew chief whose […]

Woody: What Race Was TV Watching On Sunday?
Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 – 7:26 | 5 Comments
Woody: What Race Was TV Watching On Sunday?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I’ve gotta get Larry the Cable Guy to come over and take a look at my set. Apparently I’m not picking up the same race telecast that the boys in the booth are watching.
Last week at California they kept raving about the “close racing” and “tight competition.”
Somehow I missed it, just […]

Woody: Too Early to Panic, Celebrate
Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 – 11:28 | Comments Off on Woody: Too Early to Panic, Celebrate
Woody: Too Early to Panic, Celebrate

What do the first two races tell us about how the rest of the season will go?
Not a lot, frankly.
Remember, last year Matt Kenseth got off to a rousing start by winning the first two races, then faded and didn’t even make the championship Chase.
On the flip side, Mark Martin got off to a stumbling […]

Woody: 48 Has Unbeatable Combo of Luck, Talent
Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 – 7:46 | 2 Comments
Woody: 48 Has Unbeatable Combo of Luck, Talent

Whenever I hear someone mention NASCAR’s Lucky Dog I’m not sure if they’re talking about a freebie pass under caution or Jimmie Johnson.
Johnson seems to race with Lady Luck riding shotgun. Last Sunday at California was a perfect example. A caution came out just as Johnson entered pit road. It couldn’t have been timed more […]

Woody: Pothole Whiners Should Put A Plug In It
Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 – 7:04 | 11 Comments
Woody: Pothole Whiners Should Put A Plug In It

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
We saw one of the most dramatic Daytona 500s in history last Sunday.
Close racing. A flurry of lead changes. Big pileups. A dramatic late rally by Dale Jr. An emotion-charged victory by charismatic young racer Jamie McMurray. A dramatic finish made possible by a radical new multiple-restart rule that will revolutionize […]